Montrel Carter has seen his recruitment pick up in a hurry. A week ago, the junior running back/return specialist from Cecilia High School received his first scholarship offer from the University of South Alabama. On Sunday, Carter was the recipient of more good news when the University of Memphis extended an offer.
"Memphis got my highlight tape last week and their recruiter, Coach (Galen) Scott, said that he was going to look at the film with the offensive coordinator," Carter said. "Then Coach Scott called me Sunday and told me that they were offering me."
While Carter has confidence in his ability, he's also an unassuming prospect.
"I was kind of shocked," Carter said. "I didn't think they would come after me. Coach Scott said that they liked what they saw. I actually don't know that much about Memphis in football. I know about their basketball team. I've followed them for awhile because my favorite player, Derrick Rose, went there. I did find out that Memphis will play Tennessee, Ole Miss, and Mississippi State in football."
Carter has two offers under his belt and it appears that more schools may offer soon.
"Tulane and Southern were at school last Tueday," he said. "Memphis was there on Wednesday and McNeese State was there on Friday. The coaches all said that they're going to come watch me practice this week. Tulsa is also supposed to come to the school. We have another week of practice and then a spring game against Carencro."
Over the weekend, Carter ran in the 4A state track meet, finishing third in the 100 meters and running a leg on the 4 X 200 relay team.
"The relay didn't go as expected," he explained. "The first exchange didn't go right. We had the second-best time in the state coming in -- behind Northside -- but we finished fourth at state. In the 100, I was leading until the last two yards.
"The other two (sprinters) ducked their heads and were able to finish first and second. People told me that it looked like I won from the stands. The sprinters that finished first and second were both seniors. I have a year to work on things and train for next season."