When Tyler Carlton first laid eyes on quarterback Colten Gauthier, Carlton knew there was going to need to be some kind of change for the then assistant college coach to ever work with the young passer.
Gauthier was hardly done with his freshman year, having just transferred to Hebron Christian in Dacula, Georgia, and Carlton was coaching at Western Carolina after a stint at Clemson with Chad Morris. Carlton saw the young passer’s arm talent and quickly realized something.
“I started laughing,” Carlton said. “I said, ‘The only way I’m ever going to be able to recruit this kid or coach this kid is if I change my logo.’ ”
But now Carlton is coaching Gauthier, now a senior and a South Carolina football commit. He’s the fourth offensive coordinator Gauthier has had in high school, but in that revolving door, learning new and different offenses each season, there are lessons.
Gauthier has had to pick up something new each time. It’s the kind of flexibility that can pay off in college where coaches move frequently (the Gamecocks are on offensive coordinator No. 3 in five seasons).
“It’s like a language,” Gauthier said. “The more languages you learn, the better off you’re going to be in the future, the more adversity you face.
“I see it as a blessing in disguise, just being able to pick up on different terms.”
Carlton played at Tulsa, where he caught on with Morris. He went from there to Clemson, working through most of the Tajh Boyd era and the start of Deshaun Watson’s time there. Then Carlton went to WCU as wide receivers coach, getting promoted to offensive coordinator last season.
After the year, he was let go in a staff shakeup. A friend connected him to new Hebron coach Stan Luttrell, who