Getting to know Carneal Ainsworth

LSU has tapped into the Parkview Baptist talent pool several times over the years and Carneal Ainsworth is the latest to sign with the Tigers. Ainsworth is also pretty good on the golf course and he recently talked about that amongst other topics with

Carneal Ainsworth

Position: Offensive Guard

Current Size: 6-foot-5, 295 lbs.

High School: Parkview Baptist High School

City-State: Baton Rouge, La.

Senior Awards/Honors: LSWA Class 3A All-State

Junior Video:

Offered By: Mississippi, Southern Miss and Tulane Position Ranking: No. 34 OG (***)



Ainsworth on his career at Parkview Baptist….. “We finished at 11-2 [senior year]. We got beat there at the end [by Redemptorist 7-0 in Class 3A quarterfinals]. We had a great team, great coaches. It was the time of my life.”


Track kept him busy in the spring….. “I did the shot put and some discus. I won the indoor state championship. For outdoor track, we were in the regional meet, and I scratched on all three of my throws. I hit the board one time, I hit out of bounds once and the last time it slipped out of my hands. I was disappointed in that, but I was kind of happy at the same time because it was taking away from my football lifting time.”


Will he miss track.....  “No, no, no, no, no (laughing).”


Any major injuries at Parkview to go with the torn ACL he suffered as a sophomore at Episcopal..... “Not really. I got hurt my junior year a littlie bit at a jamboree. It was my MCL. I strained it really bad. I missed a couple of games, and I never felt like I was back to 100 percent.”


On the recruiting process….. “I sent my highlight tape to most places in the SEC. Some of them offered, and some of them wanted me to come to their camp. Then they would decide if they were going to offer me a scholarship or not.


“I went to LSU the first week of June, the next week was going to be Auburn and the next was Alabama and the last was Florida. I knew LSU was where I wanted to be.”


When Les Miles offered….. “I went to LSU that first week and did good in the camp. On the last day everybody left, and coach Miles called me into his office and offered me. I told him right there that’s what I wanted to do. I wanted to be a Tiger. I cancelled all of my other visits. There was no question in my mind.”


History of purple and gold athletes….. “My uncle played at LSU. My cousin also played at LSU. It’s a great honor and I’m blessed to say that I’ll hopefully be able to play there one day.”


Ranking his top schools during the recruiting process….. “I had a list and everything. LSU was my No. 1 choice. My second was Alabama and Florida. After that was probably Auburn and Ole Miss. I knew I wanted to play in the SEC because that’s the best football there is.”


Thoughts on Coach Miles….. “Coach Miles is a great guy. Coach Miles is actually my neighbor. You walk into his office with your parents and he’s saying, ‘How are y’all doing, how have y’all been, how’s your sister?” Later we talk about football.”


Was Nick Saban different than Miles….. “Coach Saban’s a good coach too, but he’s more focused on football.”


On the offseason workouts….. “It’s going really well. We are about to finish phase one. Monday [May 18] we are going to start phase two. I just got the book in for phase two. We are all going to work hard this summer, and hopefully we’ll all get better. I’ve really maintained my weight.”


On the specifics of the workouts….. “It varies each day. We run 110s, and then we’ll run a lot of 40s, 60s and 80s. Some days we’ll run 10- or 20-yard sprints. It’s a lot of variation. Lifting is pretty much the same thing. It’s set Monday, Wednesday and Friday. It’s full body workouts every time.”


Moving to campus..... “Since I live in Baton Rouge, I’m going to start working out with the team early. It will be the very end of May or the first of June. [Rooming with] It’s going to be me, Clay Spencer, Alex Hurst, and I don’t know the fourth guy yet.” 


On the future of LSU football…. “I’m really excited about it. We’ve got a special incoming class, and a special group of seniors up there. The sky’s the limit for us.”


Adjusting to the next level..... “College ball is so much different, so we’ll see. Hopefully I’ll be prepared for it and have a great career. It’s all going to depend on how hard and how bad I want it.”


On his academic standing…. “My ACT is a 23 and my GPA is a 3.0. I’m fully qualified.”


Jersey number will be….. “They haven’t really talked about it. It’s just not one of my top priorities. Whatever they want me to be I’ll be.”

Carneal Ainsworth earned an LSU offer at the June camp

On the adjustments he’ll have to make at LSU….. “At Parkview we run block, we don’t pass block. I’m going to have to work hard at the beginning on my pass block to catch up with everybody else. Hopefully since we run block so much, I’ll be a little ahead in that category.”


Getting familiar with his new teammates….. “I met a lot of the football players, probably 20-30 guys. Richard Dugas is one of my good friends now. Alex Hurst is awesome. I knew pretty much all of the recruits. There are 10 or so that I know pretty well.”


Playing time….. “He (Miles) said it depends on how quick you come in and work and stuff. He’s going to play the best players. It’s really all on me.”


Will there be a learning curve..... “There’s a big difference between a freshman and a redshirt freshman. The freshman, unless you’re just a freak, you’re going to be a little behind.”


Is redshirting a possibility..... “I’m not looking to redshirt, but I’m going to do whatever I have to do to help my team. Anything can happen. I’m going to work as hard as I can to be ready to play. If the opportunity comes I’ll try my best to take that position.”


One thing you wouldn’t know about Ainsworth…. “I love to play golf. Going into my ninth grade year, I was going to drop football completely and just play golf. The lowest I’ve ever gotten was a five handicap. I was a bigger golfer, but I knew it was time to switch and get serious about football.”


Likes to eat…. “I love Chinese and Japanese food. I love sushi, but I also love a good Chinese or Japanese buffet.”


Ainsworth’s favorite movie is…. “I love Forest Gump. Forest Gump’s a good one.”


On being a sports fan…. “I like watching a little bit of basketball. I like watching college football. I’m just a college fan. If I watch the pros I root for the Saints.


Favorite childhood hero was…. “Growing up I was a Green Bay Packer fan. I was a big Brett Favre fan.”


Is Brett Favre going to come back and play for the Vikings....  “He just loves the game. I really don’t know. If he wants to, he needs to do it, but he eventually needs to hang it up.”


A fan of the pinstripes…. “I’m a die-hard Yankees fan. A lot of my friends are Red Sox fans. They’re just jealous of our 23 world titles.”


Pulling for former Tigers…. “I used to like the Lakers when they had Shaq. I also like the Celtics because of ‘Big Baby.’”


One final message for Tiger fans….. “We’re all going to work hard and try to bring another title to Baton Rouge.”

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