BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU has dished out a much-anticipated offer.
During an unofficial visit to Baton Rouge for the elite high school prospect camp on Friday, 3-star Many (La.) running back AJ Carter received an offer from LSU.
Carter committed to UCLA earlier this spring.
The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Carter is a downhill runner with impressive upper and lower body strength. He is ranked as the No. 33 running back in the 2018 class and is a top-30 prospect in Louisiana, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
LSU running backs coach Tommie Robinson and North Louisiana area recruiter Steve Ensminger visited the 3-star tailback during the NCAA’s Evaluation Period last month, watching Carter work out. The staff evaluated Carter’s tape, leading LSU coach Ed Orgeron to push for him to camp in Baton Rouge this week.
Several members of the LSU coaching staff have increased their communication with the in-state prospect over the past couple of weeks.
Earlier this week, Orgeron talked on the phone with Carter and told him that he wanted the running back to be a Tiger. On Friday, that offer finally came through.
As a junior, Carter rushed for almost 2,100 yards and found the end zone 35 times. He averaged more than 9 yards per carry.
On Thursday, LSU landed its first running back commitment from Florida 3-star running back Chris Curry. The Tigers’ class is up to 19 commits and ranks No. 3 in the nation and tops in the SEC.
LSU is expected to take two running backs in this class to help restock the backfield after the impending departures of senior Darrel Williams and junior Derrius Guice, a likely top-10 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Carter joins Harold Joiner and Lavonte Valentine as top candidates to be the No. 2 back in LSU’s class this recruiting cycle.