2015 O-Lineman Tyler Carr Talks Tigers

Talented 2015 offensive lineman Tyler Carr talks about his junior season, recruiting, and the Auburn Tigers.

Gadsden, Ala.--Expected to be one of the top offensive lineman in the South for the 2015 class, Southside standout Tyler Carr was one of three finalists for Alabama's Class 5A Lineman of the Year even though he was just a junior.

Despite coming up just short against Homewood's Jordan Sims and Auburn commitment Tre Williams from St. Paul's for the award, Carr says it was another great opportunity for him to continue to improve his game by being around the best of the best from his state.

"It was a great honor, especially as a junior," Carr tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I feel like I have another great shot at it next year. I just have a lot of hard work to put in.

"I have been blessed," he added. "God has given me a lot. My coaches and my family have pushed me really well. I feel like it has been a product of a lot of hard work. I felt really honored to be there."

" At 6-5, 295 pounds Carr is already rated a four-star prospect by Scout.com and could play either tackle or guard on the next level. Working on improving his game as a junior, Carr says that he feels like he's a much better player right now than he was a year ago but he's looking for even more.

"I feel like I have improved my pass blocking a lot," Carr says. "I just feel like I have helped to perfect my run blocking here on the high school level. I know there is always room for improvement, but I feel like I have gotten that down. My pass blocking is the next big thing to tackle, but I have worked really hard and great things are coming from it."

Even though he has improved his game and is bigger and stronger, Carr suffered a setback this season while his team was on the way to a 13-1 finish and one game away from playing for the state championship. Playing through the normal bumps and bruises for an offensive lineman, Carr ran into more than he could handle as his team was getting ready to face McAdory in the third round.

"I just kind of woke up that Monday morning and my stomach was bothering me," he notes. "I was already sick the week before and then I had a sprained ankle. I was going to play through it and then it just got so bad at school I couldn't make it through the day. I went to the doctor and they said I needed an emergency appendectomy."

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Fully recovered and ready to go for spring practice, Carr will try to balance football, school and what should be a busy recruiting schedule as things begin to heat up for the next class already. Currently with offers from Auburn, Alabama, Georgia and Vanderbilt, Carr says that's the group he's focusing on right now, but he knows things are just getting started for him.

"From year to year it has picked up progressively," Carr says. "It's getting more intense now that signing day is coming around the corner and then it will be my year. It's hard to think that it's about to be my turn. A lot of coaches have really started to come knocking so it will be interesting to see what comes from there."

Growing up going to Auburn games and watching the Tigers play, Carr is well aware of the significance of what Coach Gus Malzahn and his staff accomplished this season in their first year on the Plains. Taking over a team that won just three games last year and guiding them to 12 wins, the SEC Championship, and just seconds away from a national title, Carr says there are many things you can point to but he believes it starts with the coaches and Malzahn.

"It was the biggest turnaround I have ever seen," Carr says. "I feel like Gus Malzahn really changed the way they won and turned it into a program that believed again. That was the biggest thing to me is that they lost faith. This year it was kind of restored and he brought new life to the program."

Being recruited for Auburn by offensive line coach J.B. Grimes, Carr says the two already have a very strong relationship after getting to know each other well over the last 12 months. While he's not ready to pull the trigger yet on a commitment, Carr notes that it hasn't kept Grimes from working on him and trying to get him on board for the Tigers.

"He's a great guy," Carr says of Grimes. "He picks at me a lot. He has really been pushing me and wanting me to commit. I don't know yet, I'm just playing them all out."

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