Montrel Carter has the type of speed that coaches covet and recruiters have been making the trek to Cecilia High School to check out the junior running back/return specialist in person. Carter also picked up his first scholarship offer - from the University of South Alabama - last week.
"My coach called me into his office and told me that Tulane wanted to talk to me and he also gave me some letters from schools," said Carter. "I had a letter - offering me a scholarship - from South Alabama. Coach told me that when it's a written letter, that it's legitimate.
"It felt good, getting my first offer. I had been waiting for that and hopefully more should be coming in. I've talked to recruiters recently from Tulane, Vanderbilt, Tulsa, Louisiana-Lafayette, and Memphis. They've all been to the school."
Carter had a nice showing at the 4A regional track meet last week, qualifying for the state meet in both the 100 meter dash and the 4 X 200 relay. He's the No. 2 seed in the state in the 100. With that type of speed, it's no surprise that college recruiters are zeroing in on the 5-foot-9, 175-pounder.
"Tulane, Vanderbilt, Tulsa, and Louisiana-Lafayette all said that they're going to offer me within the next two weeks," Carter said. "Vanderbilt said that they will offer me at running back. Tulsa said that they want me as a slot receiver, and Louisiana-Lafayette said that they want me at either position.
"I do like Tulane. They're really close to home and I want my mom to be able to come watch me play. I don't know that much about Tulane, but I'm going to do some research on them. Their coach seemed really interested and said that they'll offer me soon."
Last year, Carter rushed for nearly 900 yards and averaged almost 40 yards per kick return for Cecilia.