Why Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns were attracted to football commitment Terrance Carter

Tim Buckley
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

Terrance Carter was a varsity quarterback as a freshman and sophomore at Harker Heights High in Texas.

Prior to the 2020 season, the recent UL commit switched to receiver.

Carter hoped the move would spur recruiting interest in him. Moreover, it gave his longtime buddy, Shaun West, a shot at playing QB.

The plan worked.

With West targeting him often, Carter caught the attention of college scouts. Joe Hamilton, who works in UL’s personnel/recruiting department, made contact late last season.

“He told me, ‘Be patient, that offer’s coming,’ ” Carter told The Daily Advertiser.

In the second week of May, the Ragin’ Cajuns did offer Carter. On the same day, two hours later, fellow Sun Belt Conference member Arkansas State made an offer as well.

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“It was crazy,” Carter said of the flurry of activity.

A few weeks later, on June 1, Carter gave the Cajuns his non-binding verbal pledge. He became UL’s first known Class of 2022 commit.

Carter did subsequently make it known he’s keeping his recruiting open. But he said he’s “100% still committed” to the Cajuns.  

“I just liked the way that the system and the program is (run) by Coach (Billy) Napier,” Carter said.

“I feel like (the system) will fit my play style a lot more than the other schools that are talking to me.”

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Carter had 36 catches for 682 yards and seven touchdowns during Harker Heights’ 7-4 season in 2020.

When West got injured late in the year, Carter stepped in at quarterback. He completed 21 of 36 passes for 246 yards and two TDs.

UL, however, recruited the 6-foot-4, 237-pounder as a tight end – a position he’s never played.

Another position change isn’t daunting to someone accustomed to change.

When he initially moved from QB to receiver, Carter was all in – largely because West, his friend since the two were toddlers, would get his chance.

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“He was happy he got to finally see the field his senior year,” Carter said, “because (until then) … he hadn’t touched (it).”

The swap proved mutually beneficial as Harker Heights, a Class 6A program, made a second straight state playoff appearance.

“We both just balled out,” Carter said.

Now West is headed to Mary Hardin-Baylor, an NCAA Division III program in Texas.

“It was very exciting,” Carter said, “because it’s always been a dream for both of us to go to college and put on for both of our families.”

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Carter has already proven he has ball skills that, combined with his size, could make him a versatile weapon for the Cajuns.

“(The Cajuns) just love the way my style of game is,” Carter said. “For me to be a big guy, to move the way I move, it will be a great tool for the offense.”

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Carter anticipates playing wideout again this year.

Harker Heights has one of Texas’ top young quarterbacks, Class of 2024 recruit Dylan Plake, so Carter shouldn’t be needed there.

He might dabble at defensive end. But tight end can wait, for now. And that’s fine, even for a man accustomed to being on the move.

“Definitely receiver (this season),” Carter said, “because of the way our offense is (run).”