Tory Carter made the seven-hour drive from his Georgia home overnight, arriving in Baton Rouge at dawn Friday morning.
How’d he stay awake?
“Red Bull,” he said, “and Metallica.”
Carter, a charismatic fullback signee and, apparently, lover of heavy metal, joined 14 other signees and two transfers in reporting for summer school Friday. Classes and workouts begin Monday.
Despite LSU’s offensive scheme change, the 257-pound Carter stuck with his commitment to the Tigers and will play the F-back position, a hybrid fullback role in Matt Canada’s offense most similar to an H-back in a spread offense. He’ll learn the F position first before learning the Y, a more traditional tight end attached to the line.
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“They want to play me at fullback and get me out of there blocking, move me around, block around the edge and inside and get me in position to make plays,” he said.
That could include some shovel passes and jet sweeps, said assistant Steve Ensminger, now in charge of both the tight ends and the F-backs.
“I expect big things out of Tory,” Ensminger said last week. “Tory is a big physical guy who can run and loves contact. I expect him to compete for a lot of playing time, I really do. I think he fits what we’re asking that position to do. Actually handing jet sweeps to him, throwing shovel passes to him."
The shovel passing part is news to Carter, Scout.com’s No. 1-ranked fullback in the 2017 class. He mostly played defensive end at Lee County High in Leesburg, Georgia, a town of 3,000 people in the southwest part of the state.
Has he ever caught a shovel pass?
“I can’t say I have,” he smiled. “I’ve caught a couple of fumbles. They’re like shovel passes.”
Carter is a product of a hardnosed, football-playing father. James Carter played fullback and linebacker at Georgia Southern, and he now coaches football and sells cars, his son said.
“I always wanted to be better than him. That’s what I try to do, really,” Tory said.
Son finally overcame dad.
“I didn’t want none of him until recently,” he said. “I finally got him.”
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Kirklin making jump to defense
For so many years, Jontre Kirklin diagnosed defensive backfields, attempting to find their weaknesses and strengths.
Now quarterbacks will be dissecting him.
Kirklin, a former Lutcher standout at quarterback, joins the Tigers at cornerback. The 6-foot, 180-pounder begins school Monday. He reported to campus Friday with other signees and transfers, moving into West Campus Apartments.
“I’m getting in a newer environment,” Kirklin said. “Getting used to staying by myself. That’s a big step coming out of my mom’s hands.”
Kirklin is still digesting coordinator Dave Aranda’s defensive scheme. After all, he’s used to offense. He quarterbacked Lutcher to two Class 3A state titles, accumulating 7,500 yards passing and 3,000 rushing for his career.
“The defense is starting to become easier to me as I’ve been working,” he said. “I’m a fast learner.”
The door is potentially open for some playing time, but he’s expecting serious competition at a place known for its talented defensive backs. Kevin Toliver and Donte Jackson seem to have a stranglehold on the starting cornerback jobs, as a host of players fight behind them.
Those include Kirklin, another signee in Kary Vincent, redshirt freshman Andraez Williams and sophomore Kristian Fulton. Saivion Smith, the top-ranked cornerback in the 2016 signing class, announced earlier this week that he’s transferring from LSU, potentially moving everyone up the pecking order.
“For me, it’s just, got to go in and do what I’ve got to do, earn my spot,” he said. “Nothing is given. You’ve got to go in with the mindset that you’re going to work hard and show them that you’re going to play.”
Tommy Clapp participated in his third LSU move-in day Friday.
Jonathan Giles, a former Texas Tech receiver, stayed true to his commitment to the Tigers.
Giles signed with LSU on Saturday, officially joining the program as its third major college transfer of the spring. He posted the signing message on Twitter.
Giles joins defensive lineman Breiden Fehoko, also from Texas Tech, and tight end Thaddeus Moss, from North Carolina State. Those two players confirmed Friday that they had enrolled in school and moved onto campus.
Giles committed to LSU about three weeks ago. A Biletnikoff Award semifinalist last year, he caught 69 passes for 1,158 yards and 13 touchdowns before a demotion during Tech's spring practice this year.
Giles, Fehoko and Moss must sit out this season adhering to NCAA transfer rules. Starting in 2018, Giles and Fehoko will have two years of eligibility remaining. Moss has three years left.