However, his day with the Spartans left the 6-foot-4, 280-pounder extremely impressed with Mark Dantonio and his program.
“We went up to Michigan State on April 1st for a visit,” said Carrick. “We arrived around 10 o’clock and went into the offices of the coaching staff where I got a chance to meet the whole offensive staff and then Coach Dantonio. He pulled me into his office and that was sweet.”
What happened next to Carrick was even more sweeter.
“I honestly didn’t know what to expect going up to Michigan State,” he said. “But when I went into Coach Dantonio’s office, I was pretty excited and I was hoping to hear him offer me. When he offered me, I was very excited as that is probably the biggest offer I’ve received.”
The offer also got Carrick thinking about his recruitment in different view.
“Starting off I think almost every Ohio kid thinks about playing at Ohio State,” he continued. “But as the recruiting process has gone on, I’m at the point now I don’t really care about where I play as it’s about where I fit best.”
The positive feelings held by Carrick can be traced back to the Spartans coaching staff and a current player.
“My main recruiter is Coach (Mark) Snyder and I like him a lot,” he said. “In fact, I like their whole staff and like what their program is all about. Coach (Mark) Staten is a sweet dude and I like him a lot. I got a chance to talk with him for about forty-five minutes. Coach Staten is a pretty big dude.
“I watched the whole practice and it was pretty sweet. Coach Dantonio had me go out on the field and talk with Benny McGowan from Centerville, Ohio. He’s a pretty sweet dude and I got to go with him to the offensive meetings and he pretty much helped me out showing me all the different stuff they were running so I could understand it.”
Now several days removed from his visit, Carrick is still thinking about the Spartans and where his recruitment stands.
“I think I would fit pretty well up there if I went there,” he said. “I also feel that way because I like how they are all about hard work. I think they plan on playing me as a guard or center.
“I was planning on going out to Iowa State. But the next visit I think I’ll be doing will be going back up to Michigan State for their spring game. I’m really excited to get back up there as I like everything about Michigan State. I like the campus, coaches and the players up there right now.”
Right now Carrick is not thinking too fast about pulling the trigger on a commitment or even if he’ll camp at MSU in the summer.
“I’ve been thinking about it a lot the past week and feel I would like to have a decision made before my senior season,” he said. “I’m not sure I’ll camp with Michigan State this summer as our head coach at Perry is not for going to camps as he wants us to be more focused on our team.”
If Carrick returns for the Spartans annual Green-White Game, he could be a player to watch leaving East Lansing as one of the newest members of the Spartans 2017 class.