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Jan, 2020

Recruiting Board: Carlton Linguard

By: Antonio G. Castillo

We've seen it way too many times with San Antonio and Tri-Region kids, prospects getting passed over time and time again. We caught up with another prospect who just graduated in May and has seen a complete 180 in his recruitment.
Not even a full year has gone by since Carlton Linguard graduated from Stevens High School, where he certainly peaked the interest of programs during his senior year. Schools from CUSA, the ACC, Big XII and PAC 12, all reached out inquiring about the 6'11" big man. In the end, all stayed away. Whether they felt he was too thin, or possibly not as developed as they wanted, or questioning whether he would be physically be ready to contribute by the fall, the reasons kept coming on why he wasn't extended an offer. 
Now to present day, and the 6'11" post prospect is starring for Temple Junior College, about 2 and half hours up the road on I-35. As a fully qualified freshman, he's started all 17 games, is averaging a double-double with 13pts and 10rebs a game, is a legit 6'11" and weighing 200lbs, with a wingspan over 7 feet. He has several offers from various high major programs with others showing interest. He's turned himself into one of the most coveted Juco players in the country.
In our "Recruiting Board" update with Linguard, he tells us why he's thankful he went the juco route.
"I feel it was the perfect route to go juco. I've ran into a lot of good players. I feel it's good for me to go the process, go the juco route to get a little more experience, with people who really want it," said Linguard.
Although he's missing from most if not all major recruiting sites databases, his offer list validates his status and we have a certain hunch, his name won't be under the radar on recruiting websites that much longer.
Texas A&M, Colorado, Kansas State, Tulsa, USC, Texas State, New Mexico, UTA, TCU, and UTSA are just some of the programs who have already offered. Compare that to 8-9 months ago when his options were limited to say the least.
During his senior year in high school he showed tremendous development. He displayed he could be more than just a pick and pop post. He showed an ability to also play on the block if needed, and at times showed off some nice low post moves, including a nearly unblockable baby hook.
To some it's surprising to see his ascend and Linguard didn't have one specific reason crediting his rise on the recruiting boards.
"I feel like coming from high school I've gotten a lot better. I've developed my game to what I want it to be. I've just been working, trying to get better." 
At the next level, Carlton see's himself as being interchangeable between the four and five spot. He's playing both currently at Temple JC and would like to keep it that way wherever he might land next.
Being a full qualifier adds a whole other dimension to his recruitment and has college coaches salivating. He can transfer after one year of Juco ball, and have 4 years to play 3 on the court, which he assuredly will be doing.
"I plan on only staying one year and making a decision by April." 
You can add national runner-up, Texas Tech to the list of interested programs in Linguard. The staff has recently picked up their interest in him. Of the schools that have offered, Texas State, Texas A&M, Colorado, and USC have all been hot on his trail. With just over 2 and a half months to go before his decision, you can be sure that you'll be hearing more about the name, Carlton Linguard.