Birmingham, Ala., quarterback Frank Rivers is also on Grambling’s radar: “Alabama A&M’s after him too,” high school coach Jim Vakakes said in published reports. “Other schools are after him. But I think it’s down to two, and Grambling’s probably the leader.”
Greg Dillon, who helped Grambling to wins in the nationally televised 2008-09 Bayou Classic rivalry games on NBC against Southern and the 2008 Southwestern Athletic Conference championship, is a rising junior.
Meanwhile, Harvey, La., receiver Glenn Coleman, who was offered by several programs including Grambling, has now pledged to Florida International, primarily because of the West Jefferson High product liked that Sun Belt program’s spread attack.
Among others scheduled for visit over the weekend: Fellow Louisiana product Jeremy Runner, who has already said he would enroll at Grambling after a standout season at 4A state champion Neville in order to concentrate on his school work: “I’m waiting on my grades,” said the wide receiver, who was named to the District 3-4A First-Team offense. “My first year I’ll be going to school there, and my second year I’ll play.”
Durham, N.C., defensive tackle Eric Young of Hillside High was set to visit Grambling over the weekend, but has not yet committed to any prospective program.
Carrothers, who threw for 4,028 yards and 36 touchdowns for Charlotte’s Independence High last year, also considered SWAC foe Southern University, as well as Georgia Southern, Pembroke, Western Carolina, and Winston-Salem State. He finished high school with 10,775 passing yards, second in county and state history behind Chris Leak; he was also just the second in county history to have two 4,000-yard seasons.
Carrothers’ father, Anthony Sr., said: “We liked the fact that they have four coaches from North Carolina, which I thought was great, and he’ll have the opportunity to go and play. … I like the academic piece they have, as well, the way they have study hall and a tutoring program set up.”