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Lovejoy football coach Edgar Carson sounds off on Montrell Custis, Preston Williams

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Lovejoy coach Edgar Carson, left, said he would unapologetically defend his players. (Photo: Derrick Mahone)

Lovejoy coach Edgar Carson, left, said he would unapologetically defend his players. (Photo: Derrick Mahone)

 

By Gabriel Stovall


LOVEJOY – National Signing Day never fails to bring a ton of excitement for high school and college football fans.

It also brings a lot of attention to the athletes involved, which can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on how you look at it.

As for Lovejoy High football coach Ed Carson, he sees it as a mixed bag, especially now, since a couple of his top athletes have made national recruiting news this week.

Three-star safety Montrell Custis, once a Kentucky commit that flipped to Nick Saban and Alabama last April has now re-opened his recruitment. And that may be more due to Alabama’s doing than Custis’ desires.

“To be honest with you, I really don’t know what has happened with that,” Carson said by phone Saturday. “I really don’t know and he doesn’t know either.”

That’s similar to what Carson told the AJC in an article several days ago. But then he took it a step further.

“I really don’t like to comment on stuff like this, but I don’t like the way (Alabama) handled things,” Carson said. “No communication with me. No communication with Montrell. I just don’t like how they’ve handled it, but you’ve gotta keep it moving.”

And by keeping it moving, Carson means helping his player understand that he still has options — and good ones at that.

“I think the three for him are going to be Ole Miss, Florida and Kentucky,” Carson said. “He’ll be fine. He’s good.”

But as far as Carson’s feelings about the way his recruitment with the Crimson Tide was handled, he said he’s still got issues.

“These decisions, these are things that kids are making where the kids are going to have to live with it for the rest of their lives,” Carson said.

“And adults need to handle it a little bit better than they’ve done here. I get that recruiting is big business. I know that’s what it is, but that’s why I tell these kids, don’t get caught up in all of this commitment stuff. This 1-star, 2-star, 3-star or whether its Div. I, Div. II, whatever. Just got where it’s good for you, and go where you’re wanted.

“I really don’t like all this early commitment stuff, but Montrell is good. We have a good relationship.”

PRESTON WILLIAMS

Custis wasn’t the only highly recruited Lovejoy Wildcat making news this past week. Tennessee commitment Preston Williams also snagged some attention after his visit to Auburn was cut short.

Speculation as to why the five-star wide receiver prospect’s trip to Auburn ended prematurely has run the gamut from a report from WNML, a Knoxville, Tenn. area radio station, that claimed he was caught smoking marijuana, to the simple fact that Williams was decked out in bright orange Tennessee regalia during the trip.

Williams actually got on the radio station and addressed the situation.

“That’s how people get when you don’t want to do something,” Williams told WNML’s Josh Ward, according to an ajc.com blog. “They try to put bad word out on you, rumors and stuff. I just let them put rumors out on me and people are going to believe what they want to believe because they have their own opinion.”

Carson, at one point, had no comment on the situation, but opened up a little bit about it to the Southern Crescent Buzz.

“It’s a lot of stuff out there about that situation with Preston, and again, I really don’t like commenting on it, but I will say that a lot of that stuff that’s out there is not true,” Carson said. “A lot, I don’t know what happened. Preston was there, but I wasn’t there.”

“But he’s still a kid, and I’m gonna support him. Kids make some bad decisions, but to throw kids under the bus — my goodness, he’s freakin’ 17-years old. They still need guidance. He knows what happened, and he’s learned from his mistakes and he’ll go from there.”

Aside from the drama, Carson said he’s excited about his first Signing Day ceremony as Lovejoy’s head coach. He said he expects to see 10 kids sign, as well as a few more who will sign after February 4.

“We’ve got a great class and some great kids here,” Carson said.

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