by Lee Brecheen
August 24, 2011 – In 2010, I really enjoyed watching one of the better athletes in Shreveport named Richard Carthon from Byrd High School in Shreveport, Louisiana. This kid has really good speed (4.41), stands 5-8, and weighs a chiseled 190 pounds. Richard reminds me in build of a Terrance Magee from Franklinton High School from the 2010 signing class who signed with LSU. I said build, but he’s not a clone as the same player for college. Richard Carthon like Terrance Magee played QB his junior year in high school at Byrd and basically was like an extra RB in the offense running more than throwing the football.
I truly believe he’s one of the biggest sleepers in the city of Shreveport because of his size and because he will not be a QB in college. If you watch film you can tell this kid was at the position because he is the best athlete on the team, and he makes things happen. Richard will make a great RB in college because he has strong legs, he’s very quick and fast when running the ball, and he’s a tough kid when you try and tackle him in open field. I also like that he’s a great baseball player where he plays center field for Byrd.
Richard will play a lot of Strong Safety in 2011 for the Byrd team, and it would not shock me if he still played some QB as a Wildcat formation or even some RB at times for the team, because hes just too good to not have a football in his hands at all times. I do think this kid is DI for the right team, and he would be a steal for a IAA program as a RB.
Richard Carthon is an excellent student with an ACT score of a 24 and a big time 4.5 GPA in the classroom.
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I hope you enjoy the interview below with writer Mark Clements.
Interview by Mark Clements
LAFM: For starters, what’s your current height, weight and forty time?
RC: I’m 5’8” and I run a 4.3. I weigh 190.
LAFM: Are you originally from Louisiana?
RC: Yes sir, from Shreveport, Louisiana.
LAFM: Which teams did you root for growing up?
RC: Growing up, Pro was Saints and Falcons because of Michael Vick. Now he’s with the Eagles and I’m watching them. I’m a real big Michael Vick fan. I rooted for Miami, the Hurricanes.
LAFM: When did you first start playing football?
RC: I started playing when I was six.
LAFM: Has it always been a big part of your family? Have you had any family members who played football in the past?
RC: Yes sir, my dad played, brothers cousins … we’ve had some people in the family play.
LAFM: Do you play any other sports?
RC: Yes sir, I play baseball – outfield.
LAFM: Do you plan on playing football, baseball or maybe going somewhere where you could play both?
RC: I might be able to play both in college. I’ve been talking to a couple teams about it.
LAFM: Do you play any other positions besides safety?
RC: I start at quarterback for my school.
LAFM: If so, where do you see yourself being recruited?
RC: Probably at running back because I’m really good at scoring the ball.
LAFM: Is there anyone in college or the Pros that you look up to or try to model your game after?
RC: Yes sir, I like Patrick Peterson and his work ethic and how he runs the ball hard.
LAFM: What do you think is your biggest strength as a player?
RC: Field awareness, knowing the defense and what kind of coverage they’re in, read and just being able to make sharp cuts and being able to stop and pick up speed quickly.
LAFM: What part of your game are you trying to improve upon most next year?
RC: This upcoming season, with me being at quarterback, ball security. Make sure there’s no fumbles and make sure we don’t turn the ball over.
LAFM: Which colleges have you received offers from?
RC: Yes sir, pretty much all the Division I colleges in Louisiana – LSU, Southeastern, ULL, Louisiana Tech, ULM, Harvard, Cornell.
LAFM: Which schools stick out right now at the top of your list?
RC: Honestly, I’m just keeping my options available. But looking for football it would probably Cornell, Harvard and LSU. I’m just trying to get the best fit for me wherever I can play.
LAFM: You mentioned Harvard and Cornell, is academics a big factor for you?
RC: Not as much as just being able to play. Academics are important, they’re very important because if sports don’t work out I want to have a strong basis so that I will be able to provide for my family.
LAFM: Have you thought about what you might want to study in college?
RC: Yes sir, I want to study to be a physical therapist and take the MCAT and be an orthopedic surgeon.
LAFM: What are some goals you’ve set for next season, for yourself and for the team?
RC: As a team we want to try to win state of course. I want to try to win state. Honestly, I haven’t set a standard for how many touchdowns or yards I want to get, but I want to try to break a record at my school whatever that may be. Just to be one of the best players to ever come through.
LAFM: Which school is your favorite to play against, or which game gets you the most fired up each year?
RC: Our team rivalry is Captain Shreve. Each year we have a sellout crowd of maybe about 6,000-7,000 people out there.
LAFM: What are some of the most memorable games or plays you’ve been a part of?
RC: Probably my most favorite game was last year against Shreve was a sellout crowd, I think they said 6,500 people out there. We beat them 28-13 or 14 and I scored three touchdowns.
LAFM: And lastly can you give us your current GPA and ACT score?
RC: Yes sir, 24 ACT and 4.5 GPA