Toast of the Coast

Northwestern has joined Notre Dame and a handful of West Coast schools trying to nab four-star Arizona safety Devon Carrington. Inside, Carrington talks about his list of potential suitors, and what the factors will help him makes his decision.

Four-star safety Devon Carrington is keeping busy this summer. Last Wednesday he competed in USC's Rising Stars camp, and on Saturday he was participating in 7-on-7 drills with his high school team as Hamilton High (Chandler, Ariz.) prepares to defend its state title.

Maybe Carrington's loaded schedule has kept him from worrying too much about where he's going to college. Because right now, every school that's offered – including Northwestern – is still in the running.

"Pretty much everybody who offered me a scholarship is still in play," Carrington said. "I haven't taken many visits, and until I do that all that all the schools that offered are pretty much the same."

At the moment, those schools are Arizona, Arizona State, California, Notre Dame, Oregon and Stanford. Despite being invited to USC's Rising Stars camp, Carrington has not been offered from the Trojans, although he said he does speak with USC often.

Of his five potential official visits, the 6-foot, 183-pound Carrington knows that a pair will be Stanford and Notre Dame. Outside those two, it's wide open.

One factor Carrington said he'd be looking at – echoing the sentiment of other recruits – is how crowded it is at his position.

"I look at who's on the roster already, but then again you have to keep an eye on who's committing to the school right now," Carrington said. "But you gotta look at the depth chart and see what's open, and then watch and see who commits. And if it fills up, if there are too many safeties, that becomes a factor."

As of yet, NU hasn't had any defensive backs commit for 2010, although the team does have nine safeties and free safeties on the roster, only two of which are upper-classmen.

Carrington is by far the highest-rated safety that the Wildcats are targeting, dubbed by Scout as the No. 19 safety prospect in the nation. He is the third-ranked player on NU's wish list behind only quarterback Robert Bolden – undecided – and defensive end Blake Lueders – who committed to Notre Dame this week.

"Basically what I'm looking for is playing time and academics," Carrington said. "And also the campus. I'm really big on the campus, how the campus life is and stuff like that."

While the majority of Carrington's scholarship offers have come from the West Coast, and while he lives in Arizona, he said that geography isn't a factor. He is originally from North Carolina, and location simply isn't much of a consideration.

"It's not a big difference for me," he said. "It's mainly where I feel comfortable playing in that kind of environment."

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