Early Attention for Carey

Ellis Carey is one of the names that will get tossed around frequently when talking about the top defensive backs in the Bayou State for 2011.

One of the hardest-hitting safeties in the Bayou State likely to make a recruiting splash heading into the spring is Harvey (La.) Helen Cox product Ellis Carey.


Although his team suffered through a losing season in 2009, finishing with an overall record of 3-7, the 6-foot, 190-pound head hunter finished his junior year out strong.


“As a team we didn’t do too good, but individually I think I did outstanding,” Carey admitted. “I’m not exactly sure how many I ended up with, but I led my team in tackles. I think I could’ve done a little better at covering the pass, but I was happy with the way I played against the run.”


Carey’s play on the field has garnered him attention from programs ranging from coast-to-coast in the early going of the recruiting process.

“I’ve gotten letters and invites to camps from LSU, Arkansas, North Texas, Arkansas, Alabama, UCLA, and Oregon,” Carey informed. “I do not have any offers yet, but those are the teams showing interest.


“I’m proud of myself,” Carey said regarding the recruiting attention he has gained thus far. “I’m just trying to stay focused. Now that the season is over, I’m trying to keep my grades up. I’d like to keep a 3.0 G.P.A or higher.”


Aside from his studies, Carey will also be focusing on the upcoming track season for his school as he will be participating in the 400, the 4X2, and the 4X4 relay.


As if that were not enough, Carey said something else has been on his mind as of late. While he is confident he will land some offers, Carey is unsure of what he would do if LSU head coach Les Miles came calling.


“I’m hoping to get offers from Georgia, Miami, and TCU, but LSU is the one I’ve really been working on. “You see, I’ve always wanted to leave the state for college so I don’t know what I would do if LSU would offer. I mean I will be comparing the academic programs, the coaching staffs, and the atmosphere on each campus, so I guess the best one will win out.”


Carey attended several LSU games this past season and he saw enough of the program that could offset his desire to get away and experience a different part of the country when his high school days are over.


“I went to a few LSU games this past season and to be honest, I liked what I saw,” Carey said. “I really liked the atmosphere around LSU. I guess because it kind of reminded me of New Orleans a little.


“I also thought LSU had a nice football program and I really liked the way Coach Miles was running it. So although I’ve always wanted to go out of state, I wouldn’t have a problem going to LSU.”

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