Canyons Corner Considers Cougars

A standout returned missionary cornerback has made quite an impression on the California junior college scene. Division I coaches have already taken notice of what he can do. Cougar fans will be interested to learn more about this prospect, especially when it comes to the identity of his favorite D-I school.

College of the Canyons took the Junior College California State Championship in 2004 by defeating number one ranked San Francisco Community College 38-32 in a wild shootout. Manning one cornerback slot for College of the Canyons was hard-hitting freshman Michael Carr, a 6-0, 190-pound return missionary.

"I got Honorable Mention for the Western State Conference," said Carr. "For the team, I got the special teams award. It's a funky award where basically I did really good on special teams. I started every game and basically started on every special teams we have."

Carr prepped at Royal High School in Simi Valley, California, and came to Utah on a football scholarship to Dixie College following his mission to the Southern Texas Mission.

"My parents just moved here [Santa Clarita] when I was up at Dixie State. I went to their spring ball on scholarship up there and really didn't enjoy the football program that much to tell you the truth. I had my dad call the coaches at COC and we had Coach Lamb from BYU call the head coach at COC to just kind of put in a good word for me. That was really cool of him to do that for me."

Coach Lamb knew Michael Carr while he was still in high school in California.

"When I was in high school he was my recruiting coach when I was at Royal High School in Simi Valley," said Carr.

As a freshman JC cornerback, Carr manned the starting position where he played every game in the 2004 season.

"I'm about six feet and I weigh about 190," he said. "My shuttle is a 4.1. I don't know the number of tackles I had, but I was fourth on the team in tackles and had 2 interceptions in the post season; one I took back for a touchdown for thirty yards. That was against Grossmont. That was a fun game. I caused fumble in that game. I wailed on a kid and he fumbled the ball. I love to hit.

"I haven't maxed in the bench press in a long time. Last I know I can do like 275 four times. On the squat I know I can do sets of eight at 315 pretty easily. Power clean is at about 265."

The freshman Carr not only started at Cornerback during the 2004 JC California State Championship, but he also put in an impressive performance. San Francisco JC boasted an extremely talented offense squad with several players who would eventually sign with PAC-10, WAC, and Big XII colleges. These included QB Joseph Ayoob (CAL), WR Lavelle Hawkins (CAL), WR Chris Bryant (Temple), OL Taase Jennings (SJSU), and OL Bryce MacMartin (CO).

"We played for the State Championship beating San Francisco who was actually ranked number 1 at the time," said Carr. "It was 38 to 32 and it was an insane game. I had 9 tackles in that game. It was a fun game and I thought I had a good game. I‘ve got a ring and everything."

Carr followed BYU during the LaVell Edwards era but since then hasn‘t followed the Cougars as much over the past few years. However, with the recent change and renewed excitement building in Provo around the new coaching staff, Carr is excited about BYU football again.

"I'm excited about Mendenhall," said Carr. "I'm really excited about Bronco."

As you would expect, the talented cornerback is already garnering some interest from D1 schools. BYU coaches even gave Carr some consideration this year, but they decided to hold off and encouraged him to gain additional experience in the JC ranks before giving him a serious look next season.

BYU fans will be excited to know that Carr doesn't pull any punches on his college favorite.

"Oh man, if BYU offered me, I would go in a heart beat," he said. "I know that the University of Utah has showed some interest as well as Boise State, so between those three it would be really tough. I talked with Boise State over the winter break and talked to one of the coaches there. They were kind of thinking about bringing me up for this season but they wanted me to go one more year."

TBS will continue to follow Carr's JC career and recruiting progress as BYU coaches look to see how well he performs in his final JC year.

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