Last weekend Cethan Carter and his Rummel teammates claimed the Louisiana 5A State Championship, and he had an idea this week was going to be a big one.
The Metairie (La.) Rummel standout has become a hot name on the recruiting trail. At 6-3, 240 pounds he has the versatility to play h-back, fullback, and tight end, and as championship week grew closer the offers continued to mount.
Following the title game, Carter indicated LSU and Ole Miss were showing quite a bit of interest, and it turns out one extended a scholarship offer.
"I actually picked up an offer from LSU. It came through on Thursday," Carter said. "LSU offered me but they want me to grayshirt," Carter said. "That wouldn't be a a bad deal because I just turned 17 in September and I'll be starting college at 18. It wouldn't be a bad idea."
Carter took an unofficial visit to LSU when the Tigers hosted Ole Miss earlier in the fall, and says he has known coach Frank Wilson for "a long time." It was easy to see the honor of receiving the offer had not worn off.
"I was excited that all that hard work I put in over the summer paid off, and not only by picking up that offer but by winning state also," Carter said.
While he is honored and excited about the opportunity LSU presents, they are not the only school in the mix. Carter holds offers from FIU, Louisiana-Lafayette, Memphis, Southern Miss, and Tulane, and Ole Miss let him know they are still going through their evaluations at tight end.
Carter is not ready to name a favorite at this point, but he is ready to take a few visits.
"I have two setup so far," Carter said. "I have one on the 18th of January and one on the 28th and 29th with LSU and ULL and I'm about to schedule a date with Alabama. I think the LSU one is on the 28th and 29th and the ULL one is on the 18th."
Right now he plans to take his time but he does have a plan to narrow his list as signing day quickly approaches.
"I'm going to take all of my visits and I'll decide after that,'' Carter said.