ATLANTA – Tory Carter is ready to start a new chapter in his life when he goes to college next year. But while college will bring new experiences, he committed to play football at LSU in part because it feels familiar.
“I felt at home,” Carter said. “Everything that I saw and read about and heard about, I loved it. And it’s the best opportunity for me to do what I want to do.”
What Carter wants to do is hit people hard. Listed at 6-foot-2 and 255 pounds, he plays fullback and defensive end for the Lee County (Ga.) Trojans. The 2017 prospect is committed to play fullback for the Tigers.
Carter, who has been a fullback since he started playing football at 6 years old, said he is comfortable with the LSU offense. The Tigers offense features heavy sets and a punishing ground game, perfect for a bruising fullback like Carter.
“I like being able to be in the main strategy of the offense,” Carter said. “And it really helps to know that at LSU, that’s their stronghold, using their fullback to set the tempo and set the game. Being physical. I just love that, the physical mentality.”
The high school senior feels comfortable off the field at LSU, too.
Playing high school football in South Georgia, Carter knows what it’s like to be part of a community that cares deeply about football. That won’t change playing in Baton Rouge and in Louisiana, a state that is crazy about the Tigers.
“Everywhere I’ve played – I’ve played at a couple schools – and everywhere, it’s all about football,” Carter said. “The athletics are always supported by the community. And that’s why it feels like home, because Louisiana supports LSU.”
More from SEC Country’s Q&A with the LSU commit:
Q: What have you thought about what’s going on in Baton Rouge with the recent flooding?
A: From what I’ve seen on Twitter and Facebook and stuff, it seems like all the athletes in the area are trying to pick up everybody in the community. They’re all coming together as one to kind of help each other out. I think that’s great, and I’m ready to be a part of it.
What’s your relationship like with LSU head coach Les Miles?
As a person, he’s a great man. From when I’ve talked to him and what I’ve heard about him and what I’ve read about him. Same thing about the school. It’s a great school. I’m ready to go up there and start playing for him.
Do you have any game-day superstitions?
Not really. Back when I was little, I used to not wear socks (during games). That was my thing, but I kind of can’t do that anymore. But other than that, I just mentally prepare. That’s pretty much how I do.
How many positions have you played over your football career?
I’ve always played fullback, but I’ve played quarterback, tight end, running back, (offensive) line, D-line, linebacker. I’ve played everywhere.
What parts of your game are you trying to improve this season?
I’m stronger as a run (stopping) defensive end. I’m OK at pass rush, but that’s definitely something I need to work at. At fullback, I need to work on driving better. I’m not driving them out of the hole.
Are you getting nostalgic at all since it’s your last year of high school?
School is always going to be school. This last year feels like every other year. It’s just my last year. But it’s great. I’m definitely ready for the next phase and to be independent a little bit more.