There was a time when Tory Carter’s path to LSU was not so clear cut.
After all, Michigan made a push to poach the 3-star fullback commit, even luring him to Ann Arbor, Mich., for an official visit early in the fall.
Carter received an in-home visit from LSU outside linebackers coach Dennis “Meatball” Johnson during the December Contact period, then made his final visit was to Baton Rouge before National Signing Day on Jan. 13.
That path, again, was very clear.
“I loved it,” Carter told SEC Country. “I can’t wait to be a Tiger.”
The Georgia native was hosted by Louisiana native and reserve fullback Trey Gallman.
Carter, who was joined by father on the visit, spent a good chunk of time with new offensive coordinator Matt Canada and several other LSU commits and targets still remaining on the team’s board.
Canada presented a blueprint to Carter and the other offensive commits and targets that instilled a sense of confidence in the direction the Tigers’ offense is heading.
“He’s a great guy, a great coach, and I can’t wait to learn from him,” Carter said. “He’s a very intelligent coach.”
That sentiment was echoed by several other offensive recruits who were in Baton Rouge along with Carter during last weekend’s official visit.
Overall, there were some major blue-chip targets on hand, including 5-star defensive tackle Marvin Wilson, 4-star defensive lineman Phidarian Mathis, 4-star defensive end/outside linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson, 4-star defensive back Todd Harris, 4-star wide receiver DeVonta Smith and 3-star wide receiver Racey McMath.
A very optimistic Carter was so infatuated with the visit, he couldn’t help but believe those around him felt the same way.
“Put it this way: I don’t know how a recruit could pick another place,” Carter stated. “The electricity that runs through this staff and program is ridiculous. I don’t know how a player wouldn’t want to play here after this weekend.”
Carter got a sense that LSU — which holds 20 solid commitments with a week to go before signing day — is in for a more eventful Feb. 1.
Yes, the fullback has high expectations for National Signing Day when he expects some of the targets that were in Baton Rouge this past weekend will join him in with the Tigers.
“After this weekend, the dominos should be falling,” Carter said. “With this recruiting class we have a good chance of taking over in the next few years!”
A lasting impression on ‘Big Cat’
Markaviest Bryant entered his visit to Baton Rouge last weekend leaning toward Georgia and Auburn, but LSU made up considerable ground.
One source told SEC Country that LSU is now “the team to watch’ when the 4-star DE/OLB announces his decision on National Signing Day. More specifically, it’s shaping up to be an LSU-Georgia race down the stretch.
- Bryant told SEC Country he learned more from head coach Ed Orgeron during the July prospect camp than any other college coach
- He grew up a fan of LSU
- He was hosted by star BUCK linebacker Arden Key during his official visit. Like Bryant, Key is a Georgia native that many recruiting analysts felt was heading to the Bulldogs
- Bryant left Baton Rouge raving about his time there and about the talks he had with Orgeron on Sunday
- Orgeron traveled to the Peach State on Tuesday to reconnect with Bryant, hoping to continue pushing the needle in LSU’s direction
Bryant’s coach, Shelton Felton, hammered home the point that LSU is now the team on the rise and the one to watch come Feb. 1. He received nothing but positive notes about his recent official to LSU.
“He just kept calling me and telling me he loved everything about LSU,” Felton told DawgNation’s Jeff Sentell. “The stadium. The coaches. It has been a while since he smiled so hard like he did on that visit and had such a great time. I was talking to him this morning and LSU is up in the running from him.”
More importantly, the coach indicated that LSU “might be right beside” Georgia at this time.
After Tuesday night’s in-home visit, Felton provided another positive review.
“It went well,” the coach told SEC Country. “Big Cat and his mother had a great time.”
Consider me in the majority, but I am believing the LSU hype for “Big Cat.” He has offered consistent praise of Orgeron and that he stated that if he were wowed during his visit, it could shake up his recruitment.
I believe that’s the case, which led me to insert a Crystal Ball pick for Bryant to LSU.
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