It’s every high school football players dream to get the coveted college “offer.” Just one day after Alemany offensive lineman, Carlton Lorentz, received an offer from Robert Morris University in Chicago, he decided to commit to join the Eagle family. Just like many other high school athletes seeking college interest, Lorentz participated in a handful of satellite camps to gauge college interest, but what really gained the attention of Robert Morris was the highlight reel he put together.
Originally, Robert Morris’ defensive coordinator came across the highlights and decided to forward it to the Eagles offensive line coach. After a phone call between the offensive line coach, Loretz was invited to visit the campus. Although he was only in Chicago for two days, Lorentz found the city to be incredible. He loved the fast pace atmosphere Chicago had to offer and the way he put it was, “Anything you can possibly think of doing, you can in Chicago which is what makes it so unique.” He also enjoyed all the food the Windy City had to offer by mentioning “Being an offensive lineman we like to eat so Chicago’s pizza and pasta was just another plus in my book.” What made Robert Morris so attractive to Lorentz was the fact that the campus is right in the middle of downtown Chicago.
Although Carlton didn’t have the opportunity to see many students on campus, he felt the close-knit family atmosphere. This ran parallel to how he felt about the vibe surrounding the football program.
“The coaches are all on the same page and striving for the same goal. They care about their players and have strong relationships with them. Moreover, the entire team including the coaches are a family and you could see that the second you walk into their facilities.”
With regards to coaching and scheme, Robert Morris emphasize versatility across the line. Almost every offensive linemen on the roster has two positions whether that’s right guard and left guard or right guard and right tackle. Coaches’ plans for Lorentz is to come in and compete for both spots and see where they like him best.
“It’s too early for any of that [for possible redshirt plans]. I just know I’m gonna go in work as hard as I can and contribute to the team.”
In response what it felt like to get his first offer Lorentz responded, “It was a huge weight off my shoulders. I was offered the second day I was there so I had time to see the city and school beforehand and I was so excited and could totally see myself there, but I was very nervous because I hadn’t been offered yet. I was more eager than anything after I got that offer I knew this was the right fit and I wanted to start practice right then and there.”
Lorentz will look to help an Eagles team that finished last season with a 6-4 record and 3-2 record in conference play.