The Carter Cowboys won the state championship a week after defeating Permian in the semifinals.
As expected, a dozen players on the team, including Derric Evans and Gary Edwards, were heavily courted by college recruiters. If life at Carter High School was like an endless amusement ride because of their stature as football stars, getting recruited was like taking a roller coaster to the moon.
"I was promised money, credit cards, apartments, come home on weekends when I wanted to," said Derric, one of the finest high school defensive backs in the country. "Everybody was promisin' something. It was just who was promisin' the most."
Over a hundred schools had beckoned to Derric, and when it came time for him to decide which ones to visit personally, some coaches tried to lure him to their campuses by asking what type of woman he wanted when he got there. "The coaches would tell us, they would ask us, what color do you want, black, white, Mexican," said Derric.
He decided to visit four schools, the University of Tennessee, Michigan State, Baylor, and Arkansas. For the Tennessee visit he was picked up at his home in a limousine and sat in the backseat talking to his girlfriend over the phone as he was taken to the airport. "I was back there all by myself, looking at the TV, talkin' on the telephone," said Derric. "It was like I was on top of the world."
At Michigan State, he and some other recruits were taken by their player hosts to a strip joint. Once there, hey paid for Derric to have the educational experience of a so-called couch ride, where he went into a back room and sat on a couch while one of the women at the club stood over him and made various enticements.