RECRUITING: New Orleans DT sticking with verbal

The latest on New Orleans defensive tackle Jarrod Carter

JARROD CARTER, DT, 6'3, 280, 4.85, NEW ORLEANS JOHN CURTIS, LOUISIANA:

Carter is fantastic prospect, especially when you consider that he is still learning the game. Carter didn't start playing football until his freshman year. As a sophomore, he played on all special teams before breaking into the starting lineup at defensive tackle last year. Carter was bad his first year under fire as he finished the season with 72 tackles, 12 sacks and 8 tackles for a loss.

"I wish I would have played a lot more football," said Carter. "I am only 17 years-old and I wish I had one of those years back. Back when I was in the eighth grade I wish I had played, but back then it wasn't my thing and I didn't want to. What is ironic about it is that my dad (Douglas) was the first All-American at Curtis as an outside linebacker. It really made his day when I decided to play.

"I am a little shocked that so many people are talking about me. I do the best I can do to be the best player I can be, and when you consider how many players there are in the country and I am mentioned among them that is pretty exciting."

Carter can bench 425 pounds, squats 550 and he has a 25-inch vertical jump. Carter camped at Florida and LSU this summer.

"At the LSU camp I felt I was practicing at my school," said Carter. "They did the same thing that we do at Curtis. At Florida I felt awkward because they did some different things that I wasn't used to."

Carter also attended the Pete Jenkins offensive and defensive lineman at Nichols State University. Carter committed to LSU two weeks ago and right now that is where he plans on going.

"My family and my coaches talked things over and right now that is where I want to go," said Carter. "I am not ruling out taking other visits, but at this time I don't think I will. I was offered by USC, Oklahoma, Baylor, Memphis, Texas A&M, Tulane, Florida, Arkansas, Auburn, Miami, Colorado and West Virginia. Of those schools I liked Oklahoma and Texas A&M the best. I had a number of great schools offer me, but LSU is close to home and I think that is the best place for me at this time."

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