Michigan Makes Impression on Georgia Safety

Georgia safety prospect Daunte Carr visited the Maize and Blue in early April for a spring practice. The young man and his father liked what they saw with Coach Rodriguez and Michigan. GBW had a chance to speak with both of them and what they thought about their experience at Michigan.

Dwight Carr, the father of Daunte Carr, makes it a point to lay out the blueprint for his son's life. It certainly is not the meddling, overbearing mentality you see in some cases. It's more that he places importance where it is necessary for his son's success. As far as he is concerned, wherever his son attends college, there is a major factor will play a very strong part in the decision making process.

"Academics are very important to our family, so as we visit some of these colleges we will be paying close attention to what they do in that (academics) area," Dwight Carr said to GoBlueWolverine. "There is a possibility that Daunte is going to enroll early. Also he could redshirt his first year and have an opportunity to leave a college with his Bachelor's and Master degrees. While we were at Michigan we had a chance to meet with a professor to map out a course for Daunte for his freshmen year. We are looking at all of our options," Mr. Carr told us.

Daunte echoes his father's sentiments: "With academics, it is a big part of my life, it will be during college and after college as well."

After the pair visited Michigan, it appears that Wolverines certainly meet Carr's criteria.

"Michigan was phenomenal," Daunte said. "We had a chance to look the academic center that was very nice. They are doing a lot of remodeling around campus; Michigan could be a very good fit for me."

While on the visit Carr had a chance, as most recruits do, to meet with head man Rich Rodriguez. That really allowed both father and son to see the direction that Coach Rodriguez is taking the Michigan program in.

"Coach Rodriguez is a great guy," Daunte said. "We connected with him very easily he is a players coach. He is really there to help his players."

"We understand what he is trying to look for in these young athletes," Mr Carr added. "He is looking for character and talent and we feel like we fit into that mix. Coach Rodriguez talked about everything from life experiences, character and life, as well as my son getting a degree, and his impact on the team."

"Michigan is Michigan," he continued. "They have history that speaks for itself alone. It is a nice school with Alumni support and connections, and they have 500,000 living alumni that can help my son after he graduates."

Daunte also had a chance to meet with some of the other coaches as well. "I spoke with Coach Jackson and Coach Hopson. They talked to me about the tradition of Michigan football and how they fell in love with Michigan."

Although academics are front and center, football is not too far behind with the Carr family. The Maize & Blue passed that test as well.

"I had a chance to see Michigan practice and it was a great practice," Daunte recalled. "It was very intense -- guys were focused and they showed a lot of toughness out there."

Carr is looking to study Bio medical engineering or Pre-Med which could lead into sports medicine. He currently carries a 3.52 G.P.A. and is taking AP courses. He is up to 12 offers at this time from the likes of Duke, UCLA, Stanford, California (Berkley), Wake Forest and Ole Miss among others. He will be cutting down his list to five schools sometime in the summer. The question for Coach Rodriguez and Michigan is: did they connect enough with the Carr family to be a part of that plan … should they offer.

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