Currently, Caragein sports between 20-25 scholarship offers including Arizona State, Clemson, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, N.C. State, North Carolina, Northwestern, Pittsburgh, and Purdue. Just about every school is recruiting Caragein for defensive end, with the exception of the Tar Heels.
"It's been mostly d-line," said Caragein. "I've been hearing d-end and then most likely being moved down to three- or five-technique. UNC has told me guard or center – the first time I've ever heard offensive line.
"It doesn't really matter [where I play]. I like defensive line a little bit better, but if I'm needed at a different position then I'll make the change."
With unofficial visits still left to take and new additions to his offers sheer very likely, Caragein currently lacks a list of favorites.
"[I don't] really [have any favorites] at this point, because it's subject to change if I get a couple new offers from these camps," said Caragein.
While he has yet to step foot on campus, Caragein already has positive impressions of North Carolina mostly stemming from his primary recruiter, Coach Frank Cignetti.
"UNC is a great program," said Caragein. "I like Coach Cignetti a lot, he's a good guy, and the campus is beautiful – I've seen it on the internet a couple of times, and I think it's a great program that has a great recruiting class coming in."
According to Caragein, he speaks to Cignetti at least every other day, whether it be on the phone or through text messages.
"[He just says] ‘What's up,' ‘How're you doing,' ‘How's lifting going,'—just like he was a friend" said Caragein. "We don't really talk much about recruiting."
A Scout.com three-star prospect, Caragein is considered the 45th ranked recruit in the East Region by Scout.com.
During his junior season at Pittsburgh (Pa.) Keystone Oaks High School, Caragein played defensive end and tight end and earned all-conference honors. On offense, he caught 28 passes for 331 yards, while recording 58 pancake blocks. He accumulated 68 tackles including 14 for a loss and eight sacks on defense.