Charpentier set for LSU Junior Day

Luke Charpentier

John Curtis High has produced a number of college prospects over the years, some choosing to stay in-state with the Tigers and others taking their talents elsewhere. While it might seem hit and miss with the Patriots, the 2010 season will see the Bayou Bengals take to River Ridge once more as they evaluate offensive tackle Luke Charpentier.

With Mardi Gras in full effect, New Orleans-native Luke Charpentier said that he could not find a better way to close out the week of celebration than with a visit to LSU.

 

"I am coming for junior day this weekend, so I am pretty excited about that," he said. "I have been to campus several times, so I am pretty familiar with what LSU is all about. I just want to use the visit as a chance to learn more about the program and get to know the rest of the staff.

 

"I met [running backs] coach [Larry] Porter, [offensive line] coach [Greg] Studrawa and coach [Les] Miles already, and all of them seem like really great guys," added Charpentier. "Coach Porter came by the school and told my coach that he would be recruiting me pretty hard this coming season and that I possibly could get offered. That would be pretty amazing."

 

The six-foot-four, 290-pound offensive tackle's love for the Tiger program stems from growing up in surroundings immersed by the LSU culture.

 

"I have always lived in Louisiana, so growing up I pulled for LSU," Charpentier said. "I have got family that goes there, so it is kind of like home to me. I have also always loved Tiger Stadium. The student life, tailgating and everything is great. The atmosphere is just like no other."

 

Charpentier also grew to be a fan of former LSU head coach Nick Saban during his time with the Tigers. When the Crimson Tide's head signal caller invited the John Curtis standout to Alabama Junior Day, Charpentier jumped at the opportunity.

 

"I went at the beginning of the month to see Alabama," he said. "Tuscaloosa is pretty cool, and they have a beautiful campus. Everything is really nice. The staff seems pretty cool as well, so it is a place I could see myself playing as well."

 

Not getting ahead of himself, Charpentier stressed that focusing on his senior season will take precedence over his recruitment.

 

"Everything is going good right now, but really I want to make sure that I have a great senior season," he said. "I am going to take this weekend's visit and then just keep working out and getting better and see where that takes me."

 

Note: Charpentier already holds an offer from Tulane.

 

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