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St. Xavier’s ’24 interior OL, at 6’2,” 265-pounds, is Kentucky’s preeminent center at the HS level

There are more than a few schools intrigued by Carter Guillaume from Louisville’s St. Xavier High. Most college programs convert existing roster members from guard to center because the guys who play it routinely in HS just don’t have the length. Guillaume is a guy who has the frame to do it and the experience of having done it.

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Our recipes and our quality ingredients, hand-cut from solid pieces of beef, are never chopped or formed like other brands, making our products superior and one of a kind. That would make our products similar to this week’s Protein-packed PerformerCarter Guillaume (C) from Louisville, Kentucky’s St. Xavier High School, wouldn’t it? 

Carter Guillaume is Kentucky’s definitive player at the offensive center position. He has frame (6’2,” 265-pounds). He understands leverage and how to win the leverage battle (State Heavyweight Champion in wrestling). He has the ability to play at the slot, calling the protections and run-schemes while managing opposing fronts, blitzes, and stunts (has been awarded multiple All-State distinctions for his OC play).

Most high school centers just don’t have the length to play center at the next level. It is one reason college play, at the center slot, is often so “dicey.” These converted centers just don’t have a ton of game experience delivering and letter-perfect, shotgun snap to the QB, with the crowd going crazy, from their own three (3)-yard line with the QB aligned in the end zone. You have no idea unless you have before personally attempted it.

Guillaume has been, and continues to be, a stalwart at the center slot

Fletcher Long, Senior Sports Writer, KPGFootball

Guillaume has been, and continues to be, a stalwart at the center slot. He also has the frame and length to slide over to either of the OG slots should that be required of him.

Guillaume is just a tremendous football player. He has seen his St. Xavier team win a title (6A) in ’21 while being firmly in the discussion ever other year he has played on the varsity unit.

Many people wonder where the interior offensive lineman may land, next level. We really don’t know.

For our money, Guillaume is an “elite” interior OL in Kentucky’s ’24 graduating class. In addition, and something which has always before looked very good on any prospect’s college résumé, Guillaume was state heavyweight “runner-up” in ’22 before breaking through and taking the title in ’23.

It feels awesome knowing that I made history. Hopefully this brings a good line of heavyweights for the future.

Carter Guillaume to “Xavier News,” Harrison Hatfield (Staff Writer)

As for the Championship in wrestling, Guillaume was interviewed for the school news publication, Xavier News, by its “Staff Writer,” Harrison Hatfield. Guillaume told Hatfield, “It feels awesome knowing that I made history. Hopefully this brings a good line of heavyweights for the future.”

Guillaume really had to “push through” some sickness and aches and pains this past wrestling year, a requirement in football equally well. “There were a lot of ups and downs this season,” Guillaume told Hatfield. “I battled a lot of sickness and other adversity but I pushed through in the end.”

We have awarded this to Guillaume as we can’t fathom how any one student athlete could have had a much better offseason than a guy who wins a State Heavyweight Championship in KHSAA Wrestling. On this basis, Mingua Beef Jerky and we decided this talented and accomplished ’24 interior OL could use a bolt of protein and a sweet T-shirt. The company volunteered to send that to him, straight away.  

Join us next week as we return to honor another weekly prize winner. Until then, pop some Mingua Beef Jerky in your mouth and savor the quality and flavor which sets it apart from all the competition. Remember, our product is superior and one of a kind; just like St. Xavier High’s, Carter Guillaume.

This is Fletcher W. Long reporting for Kentucky Prep Gridiron reminding you to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE and don’t forget to SAVOR THE FLAVOR! 

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Two-time winner of Kentucky Press Association awards for excellence in writing and reporting news stories while Managing Editor of the Jackson (KY) Times-Voice

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