Jerome Carvin, a three-star offensive lineman from Cordova High School in Memphis, Tennessee has been bombarded with offers during spring evaluation the last couple of months. The 6-foot-5, 315-pound tackle has been one of the hottest prospects in the south racking up several offers from SEC powerhouses like Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Mississippi State, and several more. Carvin can still recall that first offer like it was yesterday.
“I have 16 offers as of now. I was so excited and blessed to receive my first division one offer from Louisville. It feels great to compile these offers now and be considered one of the top offensive linemen in the country. It shows that all of my hard work is beginning to pay off.”
Attending camps recently has really put Carvin’s name on the rise. After winning top offensive performer at the Under Armour All-American camp, he followed that performance up with a great showing at the Nike Opening Regionals camp.
Carvin recently visited Starkville where he was greeted by coaches, and a couple of current Bulldogs from the Memphis area. By all indications, the visit was a very successful one.
“The visit went great,” Carvin said. “I enjoyed every minute of it. The highlight of the visit was sitting in on the offensive line meeting with Coach (John) Hevesy. I also got to watch how the team’s practice is conducted. After that, I met with Head Coach Dan Mullen, and (wide receiver) Coach Gonzalez. I also got to hang out with Donald Gray and Deddrick Thomas (current Mississippi State wide receivers). With them being from Memphis like myself, we instantly bonded. They told me how everyday life is in Starkville. They were really cool.”
Although Carvin plays his high school football in Memphis, Tennessee, Mississippi State coaches are letting him know he is a wanted man in Starkville, Mississippi.
“I hear from Mississippi State just about every other day,” Carvin said. “Coach Mullen, (wide receiver) Coach Gonzalez, and (offensive line) Coach Hevesy are usually the ones that contact me. They usually check on me and always let me know that I am a top priority and that they really want and need me. They are all really great guys.”
Mississippi State is not the only powerhouse program after the elite lineman, however. Many of the top schools in America have offered, and are pursuing aggressively. Although Carvin has a bevy of offers to choose from, he does know what he is looking for in a school.
“Good academics, my development as an offensive lineman, great relationships with the coaches, a great strength and conditioning program, and of course playing time. I’m not too worried about playing right off-the-bat though as long as I am ready to play. Proximity to home isn’t a huge concern for me, but I would like for my family to be able to come watch me play whenever they’d like.”
As far as any top schools right now, Carvin has a few schools in mind. A few are pursuing him harder than the rest.
“Alabama, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Memphis, and Tennessee are recruiting me the hardest right now,” Carvin said. “As far as top schools sticking out, Alabama and Tennessee probably, but I’m not sure yet. Mississippi State is definitely up there for me too though. The visit helped their chances with me a ton. My relationship with (offensive line) Coach Hevesy is great. We are the closest since he is my position coach.
Before college arrives, Jerome has a few goals he would like to accomplish at Cordova. After falling to eventual state champions Whitehaven in the playoffs last season, Carvin has his eyes set on state this upcoming season.
“I definitely want to win Cordova’s first state title in school history. That would be awesome to be the first team to do that ever. I also would like to have a great, fun, successful season with all of my coaches and teammates before I head off to college. I want it to be a season to remember.”
The combination of great pass-blocking skills, and relentless run-blocking skills has Carvin a coveted man throughout the south. He will make a decision either before his senior season begins, or after his senior season to prevent any distractions. It is safe to say whichever school receives a commitment from Carvin will be getting one of the most talented offensive linemen, and potentially high-upside players in the whole country.