Carson Gets ND Ticket

It took some time and phone tag, but Glenn Carson finally got his Notre Dame scholarship offer. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound four-star linebacker from Manahawkin, N.J. caught up with Irish head coach Charlie Weis last Wednesday.

"He kind of said, I never come in late, but this is a great place for you to go," Glenn Carson began.

"I heard I was going to play some fullback if I went there. He said we're going to play you wherever you can play first. I hear they need a fullback, so I don't know if that will be fullback or linebacker, but he said we're going to play you where you can get on the field first.

"He said one thing to me that stood out. He said he wants to sweep New Jersey. He said he has a bunch of big-time recruits from there already, and he is looking to get them all.

Weis has been able to secure verbal commitments from Garden State prospects, running back Theo Riddick, defensive tackle Tyler Stockton, and linebacker Carlo Calabrese. That leaves five-star defensive end Anthony LaLota and Carson.

Carson has racked up close to 20 scholarship offers, and his coach at Southern Regional High was beginning to wonder when one from Notre Dame would come in. Weis and assistant coach John Latina smoothed that over with everybody.

"The important thing is I have an offer from there, and if I do go there it doesn't matter when I got an offer," Carson explained. "It doesn't matter if I was the first kid or the last kid offered. I have the ticket to go there, and the best kid is going to play anyways."

This past fall, Carson's play helped lead the Rams to their best season in program history. He used his 4.6 speed in the 40-yard dash to rack up 83 tackles with two sacks and two forced fumbles. The Southern defense allowed less than 200 yards per game, and the team recorded its first playoff win ever. Carson was also the lead blocker and primary ball carrier when the game was on the line.

A lot of times I'm blocking, but I think for short yardage, I'm definitely getting the ball," Carson said. "And for times we really need it, I'm getting the ball. My coach really likes me as a blocker, but I think I'm moving back to tailback this season."

As for college?

"I don't know," Carson stated. "I just kind of feel like I'm a linebacker, but I love playing fullback. I love hitting people and both of those positions, I feel let me do that. If it works out better for me at a schools that I can play fullback, then that's fine."

The only other school that envisions Carson as a possible fullback is Ohio State, and the Buckeyes have yet to offer. Written full-rides have come in from the likes of Penn State, Rutgers, Boston College, Stanford, Pittsburgh, Maryland and Virginia.

"I do like Penn State a lot and I do like Rutgers," Carson said. "Notre Dame is a new one I have to go out and see. Stanford is a nice place, and so is Virginia and UNC."

Carson's grandfather played at North Carolina before enjoying an NFL career with the Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Cardinals. His uncles Dan and Tom Higgins both played at North Carolina State. Tom went on to play in the league with the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills.

Carson is also one of the best wrestlers in the country. A two-time state runner-up at 215 pounds, Carson also won the prestigious Beast of the East tournament. North Carolina State has told him he could do both, and the Rutgers wrestling coach is in regular touch. Carson thinks that's just to help the Scarlet Knights football team.

Carson is mostly about football, but he hasn't totally ruled wrestling out.

Besides the schools Carson listed as his favorites, he has also visited Maryland, North Carolina State and Duke. He hopes to see Notre Dame and Boston College for the first time this summer, but no trip has yet to be set in stone.

"I really like schools with a really nice tradition," Carson said. "They definitely have it there at Notre Dame. I hear it's a real magical place. That's a big-time offer. It's definitely an offer I wanted."

And one that finally arrived.


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