More than just stats

Rarely do quarterbacks in a Wing-T offense get the opportunity to put up big numbers and no one has to point that out to North Desoto signal caller Curtis Carter.

Carter, who stands 6-feet, 175 pounds and has been timed in the 4.4 range on numerous occasions, has never been worried about individual attention. In fact, he does everything he can to deflect attention that is thrown his way in the direction of his teammates.


Carter’s personal stats of 1,038 all-purpose yards and 17 touchdowns, which included 262 yards and seven scores on the ground to go with 708 yards and 10 touchdowns through the air, were about what one would expect from a Wing-T offense that racked up more than 4,500 yards rushing.


The Griffins rushing attack featured McNeese State signee, Javaris Murray, who was a Coaches’ First Team All-State selection after rushing for 2,002 yards. North Desoto Head Coach Scott Abernathy also had a 1,200-yard rusher so what he needed from Carter during the team’s 8-4 season was leadership and someone who could manage the game.


“The stats aren’t going to do him any justice because we’re going to feed the ball to the fullback as much as we can,” Abernathy said. “Curtis is going to be more of a showcase this season because we’re going to run a little more option to get him in the open field. He’ll put up better numbers, but the offense will limit his stats to some degree.”


Stats have never mattered much to Carter and Abernathy realized that fully in the middle of last season when he considered moving Carter to another position that would allow him to put up better numbers.


“To showcase him athletically he could better serve himself to move to another position, but for the team aspect he wants to remain at quarterback and be in that leadership role,” said Abernathy. “It says a lot for him as a kid to sacrifice some personal stats for the betterment of the squad.”


Carter, who is also a starting centerfielder on the baseball team and a standout runner in track, grabbed the attention of several LSU coaches last summer when he attended one of Les Miles’ summer camps.


Other schools have started to recruit Carter and he is now hearing from Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Arkansas, and all of the state schools in his native state of Louisiana.


What coaches like is his combination of size and athleticism that gives him more than one option when he takes his skills to the next level.


“He’s going to be an athlete type kid,” Abernathy said. “He’s going to be recruited as a wide receiver, a kick returner and maybe even a DB (defensive back) because he runs so well.”


Carter is anxious to see which schools will be on his radar as the recruiting process moves along. He says he currently receives three to four letters a week from LSU, but all contact from other schools has been directly through Abernathy.


“Really my dream has been to go to LSU but I like all of the big time schools,” said Carter. “I’m open to any school that shows interest because I just want a full ride and to be able to get a degree and play football.”


With such little free time on his hands due to baseball and track this spring, Carter has not been able to get out on the road much. He has attended a couple of combines and will attend the Combine in New Orleans on April 5.


The one school he was able to take in was LSU as he made the drive down to Baton Rouge on Jan. 31 for junior day before his baseball season got underway.


“The academics just blew me and my parents away with how they take care of their student athletes,” said Carter. “Of course, their workout program is amazing and that blew me away too. The surroundings and the family feel down there is real nice.”


Academics will play a big part in Carter’s decision and unlike many prospects he hopes to have the opportunity to sit out his first year in college.


“The main thing is academics,” he said. “I want to get a good education but I want to be on a team that wins too. I don’t have to play my first year and actually I want to redshirt so I can get bigger, faster and stronger. But the main thing is I want an education and I want to win.”


Carter knows that he will have to attend some camps this summer so that he can show coaches what he can do from positions outside of quarterback. He has a preference for where he’d like to line up on the field, but he will never put that want ahead of what matters most.


“I played some DB and I never played receiver so if I had to pick I’d say corner,” he said. “I’m pretty comfortable there and I think I’m athletic enough to play there. The main thing though, is helping the team win. As long as the team wins I will play wherever a coach wants me to play.”

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