The question isn't whether Steven Carpenter is a Division I-A caliber athlete. The question is how long will it take for that to be realized by schools at that level.
"I have a number of schools talking to me and a number of schools I am interested in,” Carpenter said. "But so far no offers.” That figures to change fairly quickly. Probably even before Carpenter's senior season at powerhouse Jenks begins. A couple of summer camp performances, coupled with what he's already shown on the football field for the Trojans, could be just the trick. He's already booked for Arkansas' prospect camp and stops at Houston, Southern Methodist, Kansas and Kansas State are also on the agenda if he can make the scheduling work. "I'm keeping all my options open right now,” he said. "Me, my dad and my mom are discussing what the best situation could be. I'd go to Alaska if I have to to play football. But ideally, I'd like to stay close enough to home that my family could see me play.” Carpenter has several schools atop his wish list. Very astute about his educational future, it's clear Carpenter takes the books into account as much as the field in his choices. Rice, for example, is among his top choices. SMU, too. "Academics are a huge part of whatever school I go to,” he said. "Football is not promised.