"It was a great visit," said John Curtis offensive tackle Luke Charpentier. "I got to meet all the coaches and just build on my relationship with the staff. I had a little one on one time with coach [Larry] Porter and coach [Greg] Studrawa, so I left with a good sense for how my process will go."
What did the Tigers' offensive line coach have to say to the Patriot-standout?
"Coach Stud told me that he had seen my film and he thought that I was a really good football player," Charpentier said. "He said I am what he is looking for in an offensive lineman, and that felt really good to hear.
"Coach Porter also talked to me for a bit, because he is the recruiting coordinator for my area," added Charpentier. "He said that he would be coming over to evaluate me during some of my spring practices, and he also wants me back for camp in June to get some more looks then.
With both parents on board for the visit, Charpentier said that the entire family was in awe of the Tigers' commitment to academics.
"We saw the COX Center for Student Athletes, and it was amazing," he said. "They take academics very seriously, so I was impressed with that. The success rate for a student athlete is very high, mainly because they have their own personal tutor and they make sure you never fall behind. My parents definitely liked all of that."
As for where he projects with the Tigers, Charpentier said that the plan of action has been drawn.
"Coach Porter had some good time to sit down and talk with my family, and he let us know he would be recruiting me as a guard," he said. "They also want to try to see how I look at center, so perhaps we could work a combination deal. I have been playing line my whole life, so with a great coaching staff I think I could make the slide to whatever position they need me at."
Heading home, where do the Bayou Bengals stand?
"They are right up there with Alabama after seeing both junior days," Charpentier said. "They are both really great schools, so I just enjoy getting out there and seeing them. I am sure all of the SEC schools are as good as them, because that is the caliber of universities you are dealing with. I am just going to get out there and see as much as I can."
Charpentier holds an offer from Tulane.