Quinn Carroll is still trying to get a grip on the recruiting process.
Not so long ago the sophomore offensive tackle from Edina, Minn., was hearing from just one major college program — Minnesota. Carroll is a legacy and has camped with the Gophers for years. Otherwise, Carroll didn’t see the signs of a recruitment on the upswing.
College coaches changed that in a hurry. Carroll has more than 20 scholarship offers, including some from the top programs in the country.
“I’ve been completely blessed,” Carroll said. “This is a complete honor and I had no idea this was coming. During the football season I was hearing from the University of Minnesota and that was about it because I had done some summer camps there and stuff like that. But I had no idea it’d pick up like this. Like I said, I’ve been beyond blessed to receive all this attention.”
Arkansas, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Iowa, Iowa State, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, UCLA, USC, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin have offered.
Several more programs have expressed interest, including Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame.
Needless to say, feedback from coaches has been extremely positive. The 6-foot-6, 280-pound prospect has turned heads.
“A lot of the schools say bend is a huge part of an offensive lineman,” Carroll said. “You’re a big guy. You can’t be like 6-2 and be a tackle, especially at these big-time schools. They like that I’m big but I’m also able to bend and get down low, come off the ball with a flat back. They like my aggressiveness and my agility and my quickness and athleticism.”
Carroll plans to follow up with some programs with a string of visits in the coming weeks. His tour includes stops at Miami, Alabama, Georgia, Clemson, Virginia Tech and Notre Dame from the end of March to early April.
“All of these places have been recruiting me. I’d like to see each school to make an informed decision — so I know what I want. If I were to commit super early to a school I wouldn’t have much information on the other schools that are recruiting me. I’m just trying to get as much info from them as I can on these trips so I know what each school has to offer for me.”
Notre Dame is among the programs continuing to stay in touch with Carroll despite having yet to offer a scholarship. Alabama and Clemson are in that group as well.
Offensive line coach Harry Hiestand has yet to offer any offensive lineman in the Class of 2019. But one could be on the way when Carroll visits. Early reviews from the Irish staff have been positive as well.
“They’ve said that they like my film and they’re excited to meet me in person,” Carroll said. “I feel like a lot of their recruiting is done in person whereas other schools are comfortable over the phone. That’s completely fine. Like I said, this caught me by surprise and I’m not putting a rush on anybody. I’m excited to visit Notre Dame.”
Carroll has an idea what to expect from Notre Dame, which does well with potential students from Edina. Four current Irish hockey players hail from the Minneapolis suburb. Carroll is eager to see it for himself.
“I’ve heard that the campus is beautiful and the coaching staff is amazing,” he said. “I haven’t met anybody. We’ve talked over the phone. I’m just excited to build relationships with all the coaches, possibly a few players and to experience Notre Dame for the first time.”