After many years on the college football sidelines, Cedar Rapids Washington High Coach Tony Lombardi grasps the recruiting game. He knows when interest in one of his athletes is picking up.
"They want to see him at camp this summer," Lombardi said. "I think they're pretty interested. Come to think of it, I think they're interest is growing. Reese Morgan has been more present lately."
Morgan recruits Iowa for the Hawkeyes.
"Iowa sat with me at the state track meet (last weekend)," Lombardi said. "They've been out to see us (at Washington) whenever they've been allowed. I know he'd like a shot at that level."
Carr is waiting on his first scholarship offer. Iowa and Iowa State are showing interest. Washington will compete in an upcoming 7-on-7 camp so the Cyclones can get a look at him, Lombardi said.
"Right now, all the I-AA guys - North Dakota, South Dakota, Illinois State, UNI - are all over him," the Washington coach said. "Eastern Illinois recently walked out of here with a DVD. I think a lot will depend on how he plays as a senior. I sincerely think he can play at (the FBS) level."
Lombardi served as a position coach at Wisconsin and Minnesota before gaining defensive coordinator duties at Mankato, Eastern Michigan and with Chicago of the XFL. He coached current Hawkeye FB Brett Morse at Hinsdale (Ill.) High before taking the reigns at Washington.
"I think (Carr) would be a great cover corner (in college)," Lombardi said. "He's got great hips and can change direction well. He also has the right mentality. If he gets burned, he thinks it's an accident. He wants you to come right back at him.
"He'll also hit you. He's kind of a hybrid (corner-safety). He'll cover you and then he'll stroke you. He was fourth on our team in tackles, he sacked the quarterback and picked off passes. He's an all-over-the-field defender."
Carr also plays running back for the Warriors and runs on the track team. Lombardi lists him at 5-foot-9 ½ and 175 pounds and reports a 4.44-second, 40-yard dash.
Washington won its second state track meet in a row last weekend. Carr finished third in the 100 meters. Lombardi says his time in the 100 open is 10.7 and he runs splits near 10.0 in the 4x100.
"His film is going to be good," Lombardi said. "We have five good high school offensive linemen coming back. I would be shocked if he doesn't rush for big numbers."
Washington attempted to run an option attack last season similar to that of Georgia Tech so it could utilize Dawson and Carr. It didn't work out and they switched to a more conventional set during the year. That cut into Carr's carries.
However, when Dawson got hurt during a playoff game against North Scott High, Carr jumped in with 200 yards in a half to help the Warriors to victory.
"Alex has a great attitude," Lombardi said. "He's a leader that loves to be challenged. I think he'll do that at the next level as well."
Lombardi said Carr posted a 37-inch vertical jump, 9'10" in the broad jump, benched 235 pounds, cleaned 245 and hit 400 on the parallel squat.
"He's really put together," the coach said.