"I got out two months before Katrina hit," said Carraway. "I haven't been back there since. Our house got flooded out but my father is working on it."
While he had the distraction at home thousands of miles away, Carraway was able to divert some of that attention to the football field, where he had a strong freshman campaign.
"It was good to be able to play," said Carraway.
Carraway recorded 35 tackles, five pass deflections and three interceptions and added a 60-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown during his first season. Now colleges around the country are starting to show interest in him.
"I was a non-qualifier out of high school but I had a few schools showing interest in me. Now, I'm hearing from like the whole Pac-10 and a little from the Big 12, like Oklahoma. I'm also hearing from Michigan State," said Carraway.
Carraway said his top five schools were Miami, Michigan State, Tennessee, LSU and California with Oklahoma also involved.
"I really want to take my visits before I sign with anyone," said Carraway. "I really want to know about the program and the school, how they operate. It really doesn't matter to me where the school is at. I want to see success in the program and if the school is willing to help pay for your schooling, it doesn't matter where it's at."
This is not to say he doesn't have some preference.
"If I come home (and play at LSU), I'll be able to have quick contact with my friends and family," said Carraway. "If I stay far from home, I won't have the distractions."
Carraway said he would be able to graduate in December and be on campus for Spring ball. He will have three years to play his two seasons.