"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 Scout.com All-American Combine in Tuscaloosa April 29.