ISU Grows On Mount Zion's Carr

One of the nation's top combo guards for the Class of 2004 returned from his first official visit last weekend, and it's safe to say Iowa State made a good impression on him. The 6-foot-5, 215-pounder from Mount Zion Christian Academy in Durham, N.C., took in a football game in Ames and had lengthy conversations with head coach Wayne Morgan and the assistants at ISU.

"The campus is beautiful, it was really nice," said Tasheed Carr, who figures to take official visits to St. Joseph's, Virginia Tech, Temple and Ohio State in the coming weeks. "The people up there were really nice, not only towards me but towards their fellow peers. They treated each other real well. The facilities are really nice. They have a real good coaching staff and I like them a lot. I have a good relationship with (Fred Quartlebaum), Coach Morgan and Coach (Darrell) Sharp who is from Philly.

"My perception of it changed a lot, because I learned that it was nice around there and the campus town was nice. Although I like it a lot, I want to give myself time to think about some other schools and consider my other options. I want to take this thing slow."

Although the Cyclones blew out the Ohio Bobcats on the football field, Carr was impressed with the fan dedication during his trip to Jack Trice Stadium.

"I went to the football game and the atmosphere was great," he said. "Even though they were up by a lot of points, everybody stayed there. The fans are really supportive and that's one thing I love about Iowa State. They showed me a good time, as far as the football game was concerned."

According to Carr, after his official visit to ISU he'll head to St. Joseph's on Sept. 18 and Virginia Tech on Sept. 26. He has yet to schedule stops at Temple and Ohio State, and indicates that all five programs are on the same level.

"I don't have any favorites right now. I want to explore my options," Carr said. "But if I come to a point where I'm comfortable with what I want to do, my decision and the situation, then I'm going to go ahead and do it."

ISU has scheduled an in-home visit with Carr's family for next week, and followed up its hosting of him with a visit to Mount Zion Tuesday afternoon.

"They haven't made an in-home visit yet," he said. "They actually came down here to see me and watched me work out today. They want to make a visit to my home to see my grandparents and my mother."

If he becomes a part of Wayne Morgan's first recruiting class as head coach, Carr stands a good chance of replacing departing senior Jake Sullivan as the top shooting guard. And although Will Blalock and Curtis Stinson would be sophomores, Carr could still see some time at point guard.

"The thing Coach Morgan likes about me is that I'm versatile," Carr said. "He sees me having a great opportunity to play the two my freshman year. He wants me to do a lot of scoring. But he also wants me to play point guard a lot, which I really agree with. He wants me to move back and forth because of my versatility."

The ISU coaching staff is set to host two high-profile athletes on official visits this weekend. Carr's teammate at Mount Zion, small forward Roy Bright will be joined by South Carolina prep Ra'Sean Dickey, a power forward from Marlboro County. The Insiders has both Bright and Dickey listed as four-star recruits. Bright is the fourth-ranked small forward in the class, while Dickey is considered the ninth-best power forward.

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