Louisiana athlete high on the Huskers

Since Bo Pelini arrived at Nebraska, it seems more emphasis has been put on the state of Louisiana when it comes to Husker recruiting. With that in mind, another recent offer from Nebraska went out to a multitalented speedster from the state. Can the Huskers pull him out of the deep south?

Curtis Carter, from Stonewall (LA), currently plays quarterback for his North Desoto high school squad. While he excels at that position on the high school level, he has come to the conclusion a switch might be in order once he makes the jump to college.

"I play mostly quarterback right now. They put me in on defense about every other series, as a defensive back. I can play wide receiver too, it really doesn't matter to me, wherever I can help the team best."

I hear you recently got an offer from Nebraska, is that true?

"Yes Sir, it's true" said Carter. "I got it Monday and that offer really made me feel good. Coach JP (John Papuchis) came down to my school last week, he stuck around and watched my baseball game. We only got to visit for a little bit.

"Then I talked to him a few days later, me and my dad were sitting at home on the couch and I got text saying that coach JP had just talked to coach Bo, and he said I had an offer. I was like wow, it made me feel real good. We haven't really talked about what position yet, but probably DB."

His father was thrilled to see his son get an offer from Nebraska, and also had some advice for his oldest child.

"My pops is a huge fan of Bo Pelini. When I told him I had the offer from Nebraska he wanted me to commit right then. I'm telling you he likes Bo a lot. I said pops, you need to chill out", laughed Carter. "He said go ahead and tell them you're ready to commit, it was crazy. He really likes Nebraska and knows all about them, he knows more about them than me at this point. I told him I need to at least take an official there before I decide."

So far, Nebraska is the first to step to the plate with an offer. But that's going to be changing according to Carter.

"I went to a few combines a few months ago, one was in Baton Rouge. When I started blowing up there people started to take notice. I had the fastest forty and the fastest shuttle and I think I tied for first on the vertical. All of a sudden all these letters started coming in. Mostly just schools around here.

"Then I went to the Nike camp in Dallas, there was over 600 kids there. I came in at 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds. I ran a 4.43, and that was an electronic time. Now everybody could see it wasn't a fluke, I can put up those numbers as many times as you want.

"Then everybody started calling. Nebraska, LSU, Alabama, Ole Miss, Memphis, SMU, UCLA and a bunch of others. Arkansas and TCU came by my school yesterday to watch me in spring practice. Most of those schools say they are going to be offering pretty soon."

What about home state power LSU, are you a Tiger lock if they offer?

"No, I don't care if LSU offers me tomorrow. Me and my pops already talked about that too. I'll be honest, when all this recruiting stuff started that was what it was all about. I was thinking if LSU offers, I'm committing. But my dad made me realize it's not just about that. I need to open my eyes and see what else is out there."

Curtis has also had one-on-one time with the head coach at LSU, but left the meeting still feeling a little uncertain about his situation.

"I kind of got a little frustrated with it. I've been down there twice now and they keep in contact. I was at the spring game and I was in for one of their junior days. I even sat down and met with coach Miles. It just felt like they were slow playing me."

Now he hopes to get a good look at other programs and see what they have to offer. And when Curtis does decide on a college, he made it clear what criteria he's looking for.

"Coaching is the main thing I'm looking at. I don't want to go somewhere that the head coach is looking to leave. I just want the coaching to be stable. I'd like to go to a team that's on the rise and a winning program. Also a program that really wants me, not somebody just trying to fill a spot. I've got no problem with red shirting, that will just make me better."

So as we sit here today, where does the offer from Nebraska rank with you?

"Nebraska is at the top of my list. They are my first offer and that means a lot, they believe in me enough to take a chance on me. I only have one dang star right now so you could say I'm a sleeper, but they still offered. That says a lot about them, they still have confidence in me. They feel like they can mold me into the great athlete I can be."

When asked about a timeframe for a decision, Curtis said he's not in a hurry, but don't expect his recruitment to drag out until February.

"I'm not going to push this out until signing day. I don't want to tell you in a month I'll be ready either because I'd be lying. I'd like to take some visits this summer and see what some of the schools have to offer. If not, I'll take some officials during the season and decide then. Nebraska will definitely be one of my official visits, you can write that down."

Curtis was also well aware of the two Louisiana natives Nebraska recently signed, P.J. Smith and Khiry Cooper, and he's looking forward to meeting them on his eventual visit to Lincoln.

Stay tuned to Big Red Report as we keep you updated on the recruitment of Curtis Carter.

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