Like Winning the Lottery

Nick Carman, Steve Miller and Matt Pistone were the big winners this off-season in terms of offers

It happens every year during Spring Evaluation Period; a handful of players go en fuego as college coaches make the rounds and see student-athletes in person.

Here are the three that hit the recruiting jackpot so far this off-season.

* Phoenix (Az.) Mountain Pointe OT Nick Carman

Carman started and played well for the D1 state champs as a junior. At 6-3 225, he showed great athletic ability but needed to hit the weight room to gain strength and mass. He did just that. Carman now weighs over 260 pounds and looks great.

Nick had zero offers until the first one came on May 1st from Navy. Since then, he exploded. He now was 13 offers.

* Gilbert (Az.) High School OT Steve Miller

Miller started and made all-section at left tackle for the Tigers, his first season of varsity play. At 6-4 280, the raws talent was there. It didn't hurt that current Oklahoma State OL coach Bob Connolly was his line coach at Gilbert last year.

Miller made tremendous strides in both his technique and body. At nearly 6-5 295, Miller has gained experience, strength and confidence.

Arizona State was the first to offer a scholarship in March and he ended up getting 7 more major college offers before he committed to ASU last week.

* Yuma Catholic (Az.) TE Matt Pistone

It has been years and years since a prep player out of Yuma earned a division-one scholarship. Pistone has very impressive film from his junior year, one in which his team won the D5 state title. As a result, several FCS schools offered, gaining him some much needed exposure.

Several FBS schools traveled to Yuma to see Pistone (6-4 240) first hand and ended up offering a scholarship before they left.

In March, he had 2 FCS offers. In April, Oregon State became the first FBS school to offer. Pistone now has 15 offers including schools like Washington, Boise State, Colorado, Northwestern and Vanderbilt.

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