April 24, 2012

Late addition: Shreveport standout to play football, baseball for Wave

Shreveport native Richard Carthon did not have to dig deep to explain why Tulane was a better option for him than Cornell. After agreeing in February to play for the Ivy League school, he switched his commitment last weekend and will play football and baseball for the Green Wave.

He ticked off three reasons for his change of heart in a few seconds.

"It was closer to home, my family would be able to come see me and at Tulane it was a full scholarship," he said. "With Cornell, it wasn't."

His decision was slow, coming more than two months after national signing day. Everything else about him is fast, which is what made him attractive to new Tulane coach Curtis Johnson and his staff even though he was not rated by Rivals.com.

Carthon (5-9, 185), who rushed for 1,316 yards and 26 touchdowns last year while outrunning opponents as a quarterback for the Wing T offense of Byrd High, said the coaches told him he would begin his Tulane career at cornerback.

"I think I'm coming in July for summer classes and summer workouts," he said. "I can start to learn this system and everything. Coach (Curtis Johnson) likes speed. He likes guys that can make plays."

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