Carnifax In The Home Stretch

Howland (Warren, Ohio) defensive end Tommy Carnifax’s college decision is imminent, but before he commits he has one last visit to take.

Howland (Warren, Ohio) defensive end Tommy Carnifax’s college decision is imminent, but before he commits he has one last visit to take. The 6-foot-5, 245-pounder said he and his father will be trekking down to Durham, N.C., June 8 for a look at Duke, the final trip on Carnifax’s agenda.

“Right now my top three is still Northwestern, Maryland and Duke, with Northwestern No. 1,” Carnifax said. “I’ve seen Maryland, I’ve seen Northwestern and now I just want to see Duke, and I should be ready to decide [on a school] shortly after that, either later this week or early next week. My dad’s girlfriend’s daughter actually lives down in North Carolina, so we’re going to stop by Duke and then chill down there for a couple days. It should be a good time.

“But right now the recruiting has kind of slowed down for me. I’m happy with all three schools in my top three and I’m not really looking for anything else. I’ll be in a good spot at any of those three schools.”

Carnifax said the Blue Devils will get a fair shot to unseat the Wildcats. Although he hasn’t seen the school yet, he knows plenty about Duke and has maintained consistent contact with the staff.

“I haven’t been to Duke yet, but just based on the academics and what the coaching staff is doing with that program, it’s a really attractive option for me,” Carnifax said. “A lot is going to depend on how the visit goes. I want to see what Duke has to offer, just check it out, and make sure I’m making the right choice. I should have a good idea what I’m going to be doing after [the Blue Devils’ trip].”

As for Maryland, Carnifax said the Terps are still on the brain following his May 4 trip to College Park, Md. He mentioned the school’s academics and the staff’s emphasis on education resonates, in addition to the campus, location and Under Armour connection.

“Maryland is great; I really loved it down there,” Carnifax said. “Coach [Chad] Wilt, Coach [Randy] Edsall, Coach Stud [Greg Studrawa], they’re great guys and really take care of their players. My dad and I both loved the school, and the educational benefits are awesome. So Maryland is still definitely in play for me.”

That said, Carnifax mentioned he hasn’t heard from his area recruiter, Studrawa, nor the defensive line coach Wilt in “a little while.” The Ohio product admitted it’s been a tad perplexing.

“It’s kind of strange, me and Coach Stud used to talk all the time, either on the phone or on Twitter,” Carnifax said. “But recently I haven’t really heard from them much. I’m not sure what’s up; hopefully I hear from them here soon.”

Northwestern, though, has continued its potent pursuit. Carnifax said he exchanges messages with the staff multiple times each week.

“The entire Northwestern staff makes the rounds with me, just staying in contact and asking when I’m coming,” Carnifax said. “They’re really involved with me and they really want to get to know me as a person, more so than just a football player. They want me to call them as soon as I get back from Duke just to make sure I’m staying in contact.

“And when I visited [Northwestern], everything was just great and what I was looking for in terms of academics and football-wise. It's a great option for me."

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