Bama Receiver High On Duke

Briarwood Christian Nate Carlson is a tall, athletic prospect receiving interest from all over the Southeast. Carlson took an unofficial visit to Alabama for Junior Day.

"I have not received any offers, but there are a lot of schools showing interest in me," said Nate Carlson from Birmingham, (Ala.). "The schools showing the most interest are Alabama, Duke, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, Auburn and Ole Miss."

"My favorites are Duke, Vanderbilt, Alabama and Auburn. I don't have an overall favorite."

Alabama: "I really like Coach Cheese [Charlie Harbison]. I like coach [Mike] Shula and the rest of the coaching staff as well. I've been watching Alabama football my whole life. I have always liked them."

Auburn: "I have seen the campus, and I like the coaching staff. They have been real successful in recent years. I am looking forward to speaking to them."

Duke: "I really like the coaching staff, the campus and the facilities. The facilities are brand new, and they are only for the football team. The program is heading in a good direction. They have a good medicine school as well."

Vanderbilt: "I haven't seen their campus, but they have been sending me letters longer than anyone else. They have a good football and academic program."

The 6-3, 205-pound receiver attended Alabama's Junior Day, and he talks about his visit.

"I had a blast at Alabama this weekend," he said. "I saw a lot of the guys I played with in the Junior All-Star game. I saw the academic aspect, and I really liked what I saw. Alabama has a great weight room and locker room."

"The practice was real intense. I liked that it was fast paced."

Carlson recorded 27 receptions for 522 yards and scored nine touchdowns during his junior season. He participated in the Alabama Junior All-Star game and was named Honorable Mention All-County[Shelby].

Carlson is aware of his strengths and what he would like to improve to become a complete receiver.

"I think my biggest strengths are my natural height and speed," he said. "Once the ball is in the air, I have the mentality--that's my ball. I can out jump people."

"The biggest thing I want to improve before next season is the crispness of my routes."

Carlson is an excellent student with a 4.0 GPA , and he knows the basis of his college decision.

"I am going to base my decision on wherever the Lord is leading me," he said. "Playing time and a winning tradition are two factors as well. I don't want to go somewhere that I will play on a losing team for four years."

Carlson will travel to Auburn this weekend.

He will participate in the All-American Combine in Tuscaloosa April 29.

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