One of the last freshmen through the door could be one of the first ones to see the field this fall for the University of Arkansas.
Safety Daunte Carr (6-2, 195) – whose official visit to the UA came extremely late in the recruiting process – has worked his way into a second-team spot in the second week of camp.
"It's been hard work, studying the playbook and looking at film all day," Carr said. "It is a non-stop thing and I've just got to keep on working hard."
Carr, who shined his senior season at Gainesville (GA) and appeared headed to Stanford at first, knew he was not in high school right away when preseason camp started.
"It's the speed of the game," Carr said. "Everything is coming a lot faster. Everybody is fast, everybody can play, everybody can catch and everybody has great footwork. It's all about who works the hardest. Whoever looks at the film and plays with effort is going to get on the field."
He's been welcomed with open arms in the secondary with the older guys, especially since his elevation to the second unit.
"Actually, it has been everybody," Carr said. "We are one big happy family back there. All of us want to work hard, all of us want the others to do good and everybody is trying to help everybody out."
Stanford and Carr, who had 104 tackles as a senior, parted ways late in the process and new Arkansas assistant Steve Caldwell got the Razorbacks into the mix when that happened.
In fact, Carr was told of his Arkansas offer on Jan. 15th and on a plane to Fayetteville the same day – all in about a span of five hours.
"I am very, very blessed and the one person I thank for that is God," Carr said. "It seem like I was headed elsewhere and then I got directed here and I just feel very blessed to be here at Arkansas."
Carr played his first three seasons at Buford before transferring to Gainesville for his final campaign.
All told, his teams win 56-2 while winning two state championships and finishing runner-up two other times.
"I had great coaches and great teammates," Carr said. "Again, I just feel very blessed with what has happen before me, but I think it has all been about the amount of hard work put it – just like it is being done here at Arkansas."
It would seem that Carr might be looking forward to the Razorbacks' first road – which just happens to be at Georgia.
But he notes his head is spinning and he is just worried about the next practice."
"It's funny, I haven't even thought about that," Carr said. "Right now I am just working hard and grinding every day and just working hard in practice."
An Accelerating Carr
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