SMU Looks At Louisiana Athlete!

Two months ago, this athlete was one of the biggest secrets in Louisiana. Now with one offer in hand and many other schools showing up to his spring practices, recruiting is starting to blow up. On Thursday, Coach Reinebold stopped by to see what all the buzz was about. Who is this recruit? What is he looking for in a school? Find out all the answers inside PonyStampede.com!

Two months ago, North Desoto quarterback Curtis Carter was one of the biggest secrets in Louisiana. Now with a offer from Nebraska and multiple schools showing up at his spring practices, Carter is becoming one of the most talked about athletes in his home state. On Thursday, SMU made their presence felt when Coach Jeff Reinebold stopped by the Griffins practice.

"I haven't gotten anything from SMU, and I didn't know they were interested. All of sudden they were there today. It's been happening to me a lot. We were doing a little pass deal, and I was like 'man, I didn't know they were interested.' It's also putting other guys on the map from my school that are flying under the radar," stated Carter to PonyStampede.com. "Schools are starting to just pop up. I just got my first official offer from Nebraska on Monday, and that was really surprising. They watched my film and they were pumped up."

A projected wide receiver or defensive back at the next level, Carter (6-1, 185-pounds) had a little over 1,000 all-purpose yards and 17 total touchdowns last season. The 2010 recruits stats are even more eye-opening after sharing the football with First Team Louisiana All-State running back and 2009 McNeese State signee, Javaris Murray.

"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," North Desoto Coach Scott Abernathy told Scout.com earlier this month. "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."

Besides for SMU and Nebraska, Carter is also getting interest from LSU, TCU, Arkansas, Alabama, and Ole Miss. He was electronically timed with a 4.41 in the 40-yard dash and 4.12 in the shuttle.

"I did well at the camp in Baton Rouge, but I really blew up at the Nike camp in Dallas," Carter said. "After all the testing I went back and played wide receiver, and I got named one of the top players at the camp. I got invited back to an ultimate 100 camp in Dallas in June, and my goal there is going to be to run in the 4.3's.

So what is the junior looking for in a school when more offers start rolling in?

"Coaches are really important to me. I don't want to go to a school where the coach messes around and leaves the next year. Coaches is number one," said Carter. "Playing time of course is important. I don't want to sit around and not play. I also want to go to a winning team or a team that is on the rise. I don't want to a school that doesn't compete. I just don't want to go a school that is losing and it doesn't look like they are improving."

For now, Carter is enjoying the recruiting process. With numerous schools just starting to show interest, he is taking a wait and see approach.

"At the moment, I don't really have any favorites. I haven't had the time to narrow it down and think about anything in particular. I'm just going to wait and see what happens. I'm still wide open and I'm totally uncommitted," said the North Desoto signal-caller. "I know that I'm not going to probably play quarterback at the next level. Most people are saying I will play wide receiver or as a defensive back. As a wide receiver, of course I want to play in the spread. I want something where we are passing. I really want to play wide receiver before anything else."

PonyStampede.com will have more on Curtis Carter as it becomes available.


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