Atmosphere Hit Carson Quickly

With all the rain, they weren't letting cars in and out of the airport, and Glenn Carson and his parents nearly missed kickoff of the Notre Dame-Michigan game on Saturday.

Good thing he didn't.

"The first four minutes definitely surprised me," Glenn Carson stated. Two quick Michigan turnovers put the Irish up 14 before people were even settled into their rain-soaked seats.

The first four minutes of the game wasn't the only thing that caught Carson off guard. It was the whole entire visit that did, for the 6-foot-3, 220-pound four-star linebacker/fullback out of Manahawkin, N.J.

"It went really well," Carson began about his first-ever trip to South Bend.

"As soon as I walked in, the whole atmosphere hit me. I thought the student section was a cool part of the game. They were into the whole game. Then afterwards, (John) Goodman was my chaperone, and he kind of showed me around campus and stuff. The facilities were unbelievable, really nice, better than I expected.

"I had a good time and liked the campus and the facilities."

Carson arrived favoring Rutgers and Penn State among his many offers, but left Notre Dame on Sunday afternoon with much more to think about.

"I think they kind of threw themselves into the mix," Carson of Notre Dame. "It's Penn State, Rutgers or them, but there are still other schools I'm considering. But I did like Notre Dame a lot.

"I might go out to (Boston College). I might go to Penn State-Temple, and maybe I'll be done with my visiting and stuff."

As a junior, Carson's play helped lead Southern Regional High 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 Rams 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.

This fall, Carson has moved to tailback on top of his linebacker duties, and Southern is off to a 1-0 start.

Carson's Notre Dame trip went by fast, but he was able to talk with Irish assistant coach John Latina, watch some game film with Mike Haywood, and talk with head coach Charlie Weis before heading out.

"A lot of the discussion was about what position I'm going to play," Carson said. Most programs are recruiting him primarily as a linebacker, but Notre Dame also likes him at fullback. "He said whatever position I'd play first, he just wants to put me on the field, and whatever position I'd be able to play first is where he's going to put me.

"I think I liked that, because for whatever reason, if one position doesn't work out, I feel confident at starting at the other position. I would feel like an athlete coming in and seeing where the team needs me most, which is fine with me."

Carson's parents also left, feeling good about Notre Dame.

"I think they liked it a lot," Carson said. "They liked the education part, and I think they really liked the Notre Dame tradition."


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