Carson Hesitant to Name Leaders

With over a dozen written scholarship offers, Manahawkin (NJ) Southern Regional High standout Glenn Carson is one of the nation's top linebacker prospects.

With over a dozen written scholarship offers, Manahawkin (NJ) Southern Regional High standout Glenn Carson is one of the nation's top linebacker prospects.

Rated a three-star prospect and the No. 18 middle linebacker in the country, Carson's recruitment continues to pick up.

"I have around 13 written offers," stated Carson. "The most recent ones were Penn State and Purdue. The first few I got were Rutgers, Boston College, NC State, and Maryland."

Carson has had a chance to visit most of the schools that have offered scholarships and recently he visited Rutgers.

"It went really well," he said. "Coach Schiano walked me around the campus, and I liked talking with him. One of my concerns with Rutgers is how spread out the place is, and he kind of cleared that up for me. I went out to dinner with a couple of my buddies there, and we had a lot of fun."

For Carson, Rutgers is the hometown school. Does he feel any pressure to stay at home and play for the Scarlet Knights?

"I don't really feel any pressure, but I think me staying would make a lot of people happy," he said. "I think a lot of people would like to see me stay home and play for them, but I have to make the right decision for me."

Carson has been a busy man. Already, he has taken trips to Maryland, Virginia, NC State, UNC, Duke, Stanford, Penn State, and Rutgers. All of those programs have offered, along with Purdue, Northwestern, Boston College, and Syracuse.

"I want to go see Boston College, that will probably be my next stop."

Here are his thoughts on some of the programs currently under consideration.

Penn State: "It's the fanbase and the tradition. I like them a lot. They are high on my list."

Rutgers: "I like how close it is to home, and I have a strong relationship with the coaching staff."

Virginia: "I really like their campus and how strong the academics are. It seems like a great place."

North Carolina: "With them it is pretty much the same as Virginia. I feel they are very similar to Virginia... it's the campus and academics."

NC State: "Both of my uncles played there... I have a family tradition with NC State. The facilities are really nice at NC State, and they have the best dorms I've ever seen."

Carson's family has produced several high-major football players. His uncle, Tom Higgins, played for North Carolina State in the 70's and would play in the NFL with the Giants and Bills. His other uncle, Dan Higgins, also played for the Wolfpack in the 80's. His grandfather played at North Carolina before suiting up for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Chicago Cardinals in the NFL.

Another sport could ultimately play a factor in Carson's final decision. He is an accomplished wrestler and is being recruited to wrestle in college. While he hasn't decided if he will continue to wrestle in college, one program has let it be known to him that he could pursue both.

"I don't know yet what will happen with wrestling," said Carson. "The only one that has come out and said I could wrestle and play football is NC State. They said they'd suppport me if I did both."

While admitting that he has a top five in mind, Carson wasn't ready to name favorite programs or a solid leader.

"I kind of have a top five in my head, but I'm not really ready to announce it," he stated. "I would like to decide before my football season, but I also want to take my official visits. We'll see how that works out, but I kind of want to get it over with. I just don't know though because I could see it dragging out some so to be honest I really have no idea."

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