Much of the data and information contained in this article was originally published by The Bakersfield Californian, an outstanding paper covering the Central Section of California's prep scene. We would like to thank the Bakersfield for granting us permission to use a couple of Princeton's photographs for this story.
The Bakersfield Californian newspaper reported last week that Nick Holt, head coach of the University of Idaho football program, received a verbal commitment from West High School (Bakersfield, CA) senior Princeton McCarty, a 5-9, 175-pound athlete. The school has an enrollment of over 2,500 students, and competes in the Central Section CIF Division II (second largest division in the state). Among Princeton's honors and accomplishments as a senior are the following (per The Bakersfield Californian):
• Named Southwest Yosemite League Offensive Player of the Year
• Gained 1,301 yards rushing and scored 20 touchdowns
• Two-way starter was a solid cornerback who also returned kickoffs, incuding returning three for touchdowns
What did Princeton help the West Vikings accomplish this year? Plenty. They finished the season with an impressive 12-1 record, beating Tulare Union in the Central Section Division II championship game. McCarty averaged 10.33 yards per carry on the season, averaged 108 yards per game, and rattled off his longest run from scrimmage on the year (94-yards) in the semi-final game of the playoffs. He recorded 12 receptions on the year, also for over 10-yards per catch, with a long of 47 yards. Defensively he recorded 23 tackles and one interception. As a special teams ace, he recorded eight punt returns on the year (averaging 19.25 yards per return), and nine kickoff returns, averaging a dazzling 44.22 yards per return (3 of his 9 returns went the distance - 90+ yards - for a TD).
Among his exploits at the camp was scoring a 4.34 – 40 and a staggering 3.69-second shuttle. In a class in which the Vandals are clearly looking for speed, McCarty brings plenty to the table.
That speed is not reserved for the football field either. McCarty participates on his school's track team, specializing in the sprints and the 4x100 relay. As a junior, according to one Bakersfield Californian article, he placed 19th in the 100 meters at the State Championships (10.87seconds), finished third in the Central Section in the 100 (10.70 seconds), and finished second in the Central Section South Area meet in the 100 (10.84).
An athlete built for speed.
Princeton will be slowed a bit, at least for a little while, as he continues to recover from a torn ACL suffered in the State Championship game this past fall. Believed to be recruited to Idaho as an athlete, McCarty could play any of a number of positions (slot receiver – like Tracy Ford – defensive back, running back), but he will undoubtedly be a strong candidate to return kicks and punts for the Vandals.
Wherever he makes his contribution, expect him to go blazing by in a blur.