Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

March 25, 2014

Monroe County's Huff signs to play football at CU

Staff report
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — Carleton Huff doesn’t talk a whole lot. The Monroe County senior is a quiet, low-key guy who doesn’t speak much unless he’s spoken to. However, when he’s on the football field things change. Whether on offense or defense, Huff speaks very clearly, very loud and clear.

And college football coaches listened. Huff, during a recent ceremony at the high school, signed his national letter of intent to play football next year at Campbellsville University.

“It was really exciting to sign with Campbellsville. At the beginning of the year, I didn’t have a clue where I would be going,” Huff said. “I didn’t have any offers yet and I didn’t know if anyone was even looking at me. It is really exciting to know I will be going to Campbellsville.

“I didn’t really do much visiting of schools until the football season was over. Some colleges were sending letters, but Campbellsville was talking with me the most. They kept in contact with me, keeping up with how things were going. That got my interest and what really helped me decide to go to Campbellsville.”

“I am very proud for Carleton. He is a phenomenal kid, a great student-athlete. And the thing I like about Carleton is he plays the game with an old-school mentality,” said Monroe County coach John Petett.

“He sells his body to the game. I think he will be a very good fit at Campbellsville and I think he will help them on the special teams. They will find a spot somewhere for him defensively.”

Huff made significant contributions during his time at Monroe County. During the last four years, the Falcons are 34-17 with significant playoff runs each season.

“He’s very fast and he has a very low-key demeanor,” Petett explained. “I think he plays the way coaches like. I know (Campbellsville coach) Perry Thomas well and they want guys that will come in and lay it on the line.

“The thing about Carleton is he is a team player. He will play wherever you want him to play. Carleton probably won’t say two words a day in practice up there, but his play in  the pads will do the talking.”

Huff said he’s not sure exactly where Campbellsville coaches plan for him to play. But, that’s fine with him. He just wants to be on the field. And to reach that goal, Huff plans on spending a lot of time in the weight room as he prepares himself mentally and physically for playing football at the next level.

“I am going to be spending a lot of time working out. One of the coaches gave me a workout and I have been doing it,” Huff said. “Focus may be the biggest thing I need to work on. I will have more responsibilities at the college level.

“I haven’t really set any goals right now. (The coaches) tell me their goal (as a team) is to win a championship. So, I just want to do whatever I can to help them reach that goal.”

Petett said his only advice to Huff as he prepares for college is to work hard and make the most of this opportunity.

“There are so many obstacles Carleton will face every day (in college) and I think he has to come out and face every day with a fresh attitude,” Petett explained.

“He needs to know a lot of his mentors and coaches are just a call away and he can call any of them at anytime, and maybe get some advice for that day.

“He needs to understand he’s there to not only play football, but to also get an education and better himself in life. I told him Campbellsville University has given him an opportunity and now it is up to him to do something with that opportunity.”