Montrel Carter (Cecilia High School), a versatile junior with elite speed, appears to be on the verge of picking up his first scholarship offer following a season in which he accumulated more than 1,800 yards in total offense.
Carter, who plays RB for Cecilia, is currently hearing from LSU, Louisiana-Lafayette, Tulsa, Ole Miss, Auburn, Mississippi State, Louisiana Tech, and McNeese State, and he was in attendance at the Cajuns' recent Junior Day.
"I liked what I saw there," Carter said about his experience at Louisiana-Lafayette. "I liked the campus and the coaches told me that they had watched my highlight tape and that they would like to see me become a Ragin Cajun."
According to Carter (5-foot-9, 170 pounds, 4.4), most colleges are looking at him as a slot receiver.
"They're telling me that I might see early action as a special teams player returning kicks," said Carter. "LSU is the school that has expressed interest in me playing defense."
At Cecilia, Carter rarely comes off the field. In addition to his duties at running back and as a return man, the junior also plays safety and he's a year-round athlete, averaging nine points a game in basketball and starring as a sprinter in track & field. Last year, Carter finished fifth in the 4A regionals in the 100 and he took third place at the state track meet in the 300 hurdles. In addition, he was the catalyst of Cecilia's 4 X 100 and 4 X 200 relay teams, which finished fourth and third in the state, respectively.
While Carter excels in basketball and track, there's no question which sport he enjoys the most.
"I like football the best," he said. "I enjoy the contact and physical aspect of it."
Carter, who said his early favorites are LSU and Tulsa, will be busy this summer.
"I'm not going to play AAU basketball this summer so I can focus on football camps," he said. "I'm planning on going to camps at LSU, Auburn, Ole Miss, and UL."
Last season, Carter averaged nearly 7 yards per carry running the football (128-882) with nine touchdowns. Perhaps most impressively, he averaged 37.5 yards per kickoff return (12-451) with two touchdowns.