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Thursday, January 10, 2013
Late-blooming 2013 Carter gets big offer

By Gary Laney

BATON ROUGE, La. -- When 2013 fullback Cethan Carter and his Metairie, La./Archbishop Rummel Raiders hoisted the Louisiana Class 5A state championship trophy in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in December, he had no major offers.

Since his team's magical, unbeaten state-championship run, the interest is coming.

After getting an offer from LSU to greyshirt (enroll in the spring of 2014), Carter recently received an offer from Nebraska with no greyshirt to worry about.

"I'm excited about it," said Carter. "I can't wait to go up there to visit."

Carter will travel to Nebraska this weekend for an official visit. He'll visit Louisiana-Lafayette (which also has offered) Dec. 18, then LSU Dec. 25. He said the LSU offer might not necessarily end up with him greyshirting, depending on how LSU does with a couple of high-end players in the final weeks of the recruiting process.

Carter is a late bloomer largely because he is, literally, a late bloomer in a physical sense.

He said he played his junior season at  6-foot-1, 215 pounds. By the end of his senior season, he said he was up to 6-4, 240.

With the growth spurt came a change in potential role. At 6-1, most projected him as a possible fullback, and as he started to grow, he was looked at as a possible tight end/fullback hybrid. But at his current height, he sees himself as more of a pure tight end now.

"I'm a tight end," he said. "I play mostly on the line of scrimmage. I have split out wide, but haven't caught any balls out there, but I have run the routes."

He has put in the time and effort to make himself marketable, and the offers he's getting now tell him he didn't waste his time.

"It tells me the hard work is paying off," he said.