Michigan’s recruiting snafu with 4-star defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon nearly broke the Internet earlier in the week. Teammate and 3-star fullback Tory Carter had a firsthand view.
Carter, an LSU commit, naturally sided with Solomon after Michigan sent him a letter thanking him for his presence at a recruiting event that he didn’t attend in Ann Arbor, Mich. That led to Solomon’s de-commitment soon after and a not-so-far-out idea from Carter.
Why not team up?
“It’s an opportunity for LSU to get him,” Carter told SEC Country.
Carter hasn’t put a lot of pressure on Solomon — yet — but Solomon would enjoy LSU since his teammates enjoyed the trip to campus last month. Solomon could not make the trip to Baton Rouge in July, but defensive line coach and area recruiter Ed Orgeron had a chance to watch him compete earlier in the spring.
“It was nice to be able to experience the campus with my boys,” Carter said. “They loved it.”
Carter’s fall schedule
Carter is about to get accustomed to the eight-hour drive from Georgia to Tiger Stadium. He has already checked in for LSU’s Bayou Picnic in May, where he earned an offer from coach Les Miles and committed on the spot, and returned last month for the elite prospect camp and subsequent barbecue.
The No. 4-ranked fullback in the Class of 2017 has penciled in at least two Saturday visits to LSU this fall — for the Mississippi State game on Sept. 17 and for the showdown against Alabama on Nov. 5.
Carter remains unsure of when he’ll take his official visit, though, but knows that he will do so once his Lee County (Ga.) High School season is done. In order words, expect Carter to return to Baton Rouge sometime in either December or January in the weeks leading up to National Signing Day.
Appreciating the fullback
The 6-foot-2, 255-pound Peach State product plays both fullback and defensive line for his high school. He competed at both spots the last time he was on LSU’s campus for the July prospect camp.
However, Miles was impressed by Carter when he lined up in the backfield. That’s where he’ll play when he arrives on campus next fall, and he’s all in for that opportunity.
“Coach Miles told me I’m a full-time fullback,” Carter told SEC Country. “At the camp, I couldn’t resist a little action in the pass-rush drill.”
With players such as Caleb Roddy shifting from defensive end to tight end, you can never predict what will happen. What’s known is Carter’s passion for his future role.
LSU is notorious for its downhill running game and is one of a handful of programs in the country that still features a traditional fullback. Carter is well aware of that.
“I love the offense that LSU runs,” Carter said. “It is an offense that is — in a way — lost in today’s game. Many teams don’t even have a fullback on their roster. To be given the opportunity to play on a team like LSU is truly a blessing.”
Carter not only likes the idea of playing fullback for LSU, but the entire atmosphere entrenched in Baton Rouge.
That was the fullback’s second visit to campus, and on that trip, he opted to explore more of the surroundings instead of the team facilities.
“I learned more about the community,” Carter said. “I got to go out and explore more than my first visit. I really love how the community supports the school as much as they do. The coaches are glad to have me and I’m glad to be a part of the LSU program.”
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tiger Stadium.