Close to a Decision?

Montrel Carter of Cecilia High School is arguably the fastest high school football player in Louisiana and that's certainly impressed college recruiters. Is the versatile senior, who holds seven scholarship offers, planning to commit soon? What are his thoughts on the 2010 season?

Montrel Carter (Cecilia, La.) named Tulsa as his leader a few weeks ago, but the senior isn't in a hurry to make a decision about which college he'll attend.

"I'll likely wait to commit until after my senior season," said Carter, who totaled nearly 2,000 all-purpose yards last year for the Bulldogs. "I have the highest interest in Tulsa, but at the same time, I'd say that all the schools are even."

The scholarship offer count for Carter currently stands at seven, with Tulane the latest school to jump into the fray.

"I went to Tulane's camp at St. Thomas More and they were looking at my cousin, Bryant Cormier, who is transferring to Cecilia from Texas. The Tulane coaches talked to me later about my offer, which I didn't know had come. They asked me if I didn't realize that they had already offered."

Carter, who does a little of everything for Cecilia, hopes that his squad -- which finished 7-5 in 2010 -- will be more consistent this fall.

"We need to finish the games stronger," he said. "We need to play four quarters. Last year, we would start slow in some of the games and then pick up the pace as the game went on. I think we'll be successful."

After a 2-0 start in 2009, Cecilia dropped the next two games - versus Patterson and Breaux Bridge - and Carter is looking forward to those matchups this year.

"I'm glad we play Patterson again, because the field was sloppy in that game (34-7 win by Patterson) and I think things could have been different on a dry field. I want to play Kenny Hilliard, because he's one of the top prospects in the nation.

"Breaux Bridge is a rivalry game, so not much needs to be said about that one. I think we'll beat them. Actually, I know we'll beat them."

A couple of other pivotal games on the schedule come against St. Thomas More and Northside.

"I think we match up well with STM," said Carter, "as long as our defense can stop the run. Last year, STM was primarily a running team and we had trouble stopping the run against their big offensive line. We've been playing them every Tuesday in 7-on-7 and I think we match up well with them at the skill positions.

"Northside was one of my best games last year. Not stats-wise, but just a game where two good teams were going at it. Their defensive tackle, Tyler Porter, is underrated due to his height. He's a big dude who is a good player."

Carter, who plans to camp at LSU later this summer, will compete in the Ultimate 100 combine in several days. He ran the fastest time of all participants at an earlier combine held by the same organization.

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