First Coast High standout Nigel Carr made the short drive from Jacksonville to Tallahassee for Florida State's spring game and on the ride over, he had a pretty good feeling as to what might happen while he was there.
No, he wasn't making an early prediction about who would win the Garnet and Gold game. Instead he had a gut feeling that he would do something he had always dreamed of doing.
"I had this thought in my head that I was probably going to commit to FSU," Carr told NoleDigest.com. "I was riding in the car thinking that it would be nice to commit early to my childhood favorite. FSU is my dream school.
"As a kid, I always wanted to go to Florida State."
As it turns out, his visit to FSU played out exactly how he thought it would. He got to watch the team compete in Doak Campbell Stadium and when the dust settled on the weekend he became the second verbally-committed member of the Seminoles' 2008 recruiting class.
"I was in Coach (Chuck) Amato's office talking with him and I decided to commit," Carr said. "I went and told Coach (Lawrence) Dawsey and he got all the other coaches. I got to commit in front of all of them.
"They were happy that I committed. It's good, too, because I am one of the first members of a class that's going to be real good."
And the FSU coaches have reason to be pleased with his decision.
Carr, a 6-foot-3 and 220-pounder, is one of the top playmaking linebackers in the state. He finished his junior season with 115 tackles, 13 sacks, and one interception. It was his second year as a starter on varsity.
As a sophomore, he posted 150 tackles. His gaudy high school stats gained him attention and scholarship offers from of the southeast's premier football programs.
"I think I can help the defense because they are shy on linebackers," Carr said. "They only had five healthy scholarship linebackers playing on Saturday and the rest were walk-ons. There are others that are still getting better from ACL injuries. I can come in and earn playing time if I work hard enough."
As for the rest of his recruitment, Carr said that he hasn't completely ruled out the idea of taking an official visit or two later this year to another school in addition to one to FSU. But he is firmly commited to be a Seminole.
He will also camp at FSU this summer.
"I am excited about the camp in Tallahassee because it will give me a chance to work closely with Coach Amato and show him what I can do in person," Carr said. "He can give me pointers on technique that will help me. He's a real good coach."
Nigel Carr: 'FSU is my dream school'
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