WHAT IS THERE TO LIKE? This is a very strong kid, especially in his legs, and Carrick has the ability to move people in the running game. He is slated to play guard for the Spartans, and I also think he would make a great center. He comes off the ball quickly and violently, and also plays low. He plays in a Wing-T offense, and Carrick has shown the ability to pull and target defenders on the run. He plays with the nastiness coaches need in offensive lineman, and he has the attitude that he's going to dominate his opponent. While not a body beautiful athlete, Carrick is a grinder that will succeed through toughness and intelligence.
WHAT ARE THE CONCERNS? Carrick is not super athletic, nor is he a long-armed, 6-foot-6, lineman. We have not seen him much in pass protection, so that might take a while to learn. He will need to work on his balance and footwork in pass protection. I would think a redshirt year might be ideal for Carrick as he transitions to the college game. He will also need to strengthen his upper body in the weight room to not be dominated by bigger college defensive tackles.
WHAT ARE THE INTANGIBLES? The most obvious factor for me is the matter of fit, and Matt Carrick "fits" exactly what Michigan State wants from a football player, be it a lineman or skill player. With Carrick, as with most of Mark Dantonio's recruits, there is no diva or ego at all. Carrick plays in an old school program at Perry, where toughness and work ethic are stressed from the time they report as freshmen. He has been taught to play the game the right way, and he will give Dantonio 100% effort. Simply put, Matt Carrick will be what Michigan State wants in the classroom, weight room, in the community and on the football field.
SUMMARY: Have seen Carrick play since he was a freshman at Perry, and he has never backed down an inch on the field. He played for a team that went 0-10 when he was a freshman, but made the Division-II state title game as a junior, and he played a big part in getting things turned around at Perry High School. I think he's going to be really good for the Spartans, and a multi-year starter.