Late last month Indiana joined the recruiting race for offensive tackle Jerome Carvin when they extended an offer to the three-star prospect. The 6-foot-4, 330-pound lineman from Cordova (TN) Cordova H.S. spoke to Peegs.com about his interest in the Hoosiers, as well as where things stand with his recruitment at this time.
Carvin admitted that he does not know a great deal about the Hoosiers, but he is learning more and more about them with every conversation he has with the coaches.
“I don’t know too much about Indiana, but when I talk to Coach (Tom) Allen or Coach (Darren) Hiller they usually tell me about it,” he said. “They really want me to come up for a visit and I will be going up there soon.”
The talented prospect said he is in the process of setting up a visit to Indiana, and if he is able to get that finalized he will make that trip to Bloomington with a current IU commit and one of his teammates.
“Yeah, I know him,” he said when asked if he knows fellow Cordova native and IU commit Cam Jones. “That’s my boy. Every time we talk he brings up Indiana and talks to me about them. He wants me to go there with him on a visit. And my teammate Jacolby Hewitt, he also has an offer from IU, so I think all three of us are going to go up there for a visit. But Cam has been on us hard trying to recruit us to Indiana. Knowing someone who is also going there would help a lot. I’ve known Cam since sixth grade so I am real cool with him.”
Carvin said the Indiana coaches likes his athleticism as a player, as well as the physicality he brings to the offensive line position.
“When they offered me they talked about how they like my footwork in pass protection,” he said. “They also said they are impressed with my aggressiveness and how I finish my blocks through the whistle.”
The Tennessee native has offers from Indiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisville, Ole Miss. Mississippi State, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee, Memphis, Southern Miss and Texas-San Antonio. Carvin said that he is getting close to trimming his lost down.
“Every school right now is in the mix for me,” he said. “I might drop a top eight soon, but I don’t have a date for that yet.”
According to Carvin the Hoosiers have a legitimate chance to be on his list of top eight schools when he releases it.
“Indiana definitely has a shot to make my top eight,” he said. “They have a shot for sure.”
Carvin said he will most likely wait to make his decision until after he takes his official visits this fall.
“I am planning on being an early enrollee so that could change things,” he said about his timetable for committing. “But right now, I plan on committing after I take all my official visits.”
When it does come time to pick a college the big offensive lineman knows exactly what he is looking for.
“The first factor for me will be the academics,” he said about his factors for picking a school. “They need to have an academic program that can help me get a good degree. The second thing would probably be my relationship with the coaches. If I have a good relationship with the coaches that will make me want to go there more. I am also looking for a good strength and conditioning program. The last thing I will look at is the team as a whole. Does it feel like a family.”