The fifth offer for Montrel Carter (Cecilia, La.) arrived Monday, courtesy of the Southeastern Louisiana Lions. Carter, a 5-foot-9, 175-pound bolt of lightning, also holds offers from South Alabama, Louisiana-Lafayette, Memphis, and Tulsa.
"I got the offer from Southeastern just five minutes ago," said Carter, who rushed for nearly 900 yards (128 carries) with nine TDs last year. I talked to their head coach and he told me that they had the top-ranked recruiting class in 1-AA (FCS) last season."
Carter can burn opponents in a number of ways. Last season, he caught 19 passes for 224 yards and a TD - and the senior speed demon is perhaps at his best as a dangerous kick returner (13 punt returns, 224 yards, 17.2 average, one TD; 12 kickoff returns, 451 yards, 37.5 average, two TDs).
Carter says that Tulsa, which has a number of Louisiana natives on the roster, currently is the frontrunner in the race for his services.
"Tulsa's wide receivers coach came and watched me practice," Carter said, "and then we talked on the phone after he watched my highlight tape. He said that their head coach was impressed with me and that I'd fit right into their offense as a No. 2 man. They said that I could come right in and start some as a freshman. They compared me to (current Tulsa WR) Damaris Johnson.
"Tulsa is my leader. I like their offense. They run the no-huddle, the spread, and the Wildcat and I can play some Wildcat for them. Ricky Johnson (Tulsa WR) was at my spring game and he told the Tulsa coaches that they have to get me."
Carter, who is attending LSU camp next weekend, said that he's also being recruited hard by Kansas State and McNeese State.
"McNeese's coach gave me a verbal offer in person, but I haven't received a letter yet," said Carter. "He said that watching me on film is one thing, but watching me in person is another."