I really should know better than to try to go to a basketball game with my wife on the last weekend before signing day. As I was sitting waiting for the tipoff to the Bedlam basketball game Saturday night I got the heads up when Scout's own Annabel Stephan posted the commitment to Oklahoma State of running back Jeff Carr of Temple, Texas.
The 5-8, 173-pound Carr is a speedster. "I run a 4.4 and that is legit, 4.4 and a half," Carr said when asked.
Carr has been a victim of height discrimination as schools have not been serious about him. His talents are very serious and I remember watching his video on Hudl in December, shortly after Ronald Jones de-committed and switched to USC.
Now, Oklahoma State has watched his tape and decided he can play. I agree and so did several of the callers on my radio show. It seems the newest coach on Mike Gundy's staff was an advocate as well.
"I really didn't have anything going," Carr said Saturday night before going out with his family. "You know, they had their running back de-commit (Jones) and go to USC.
"Coach Hammer (Dan Hammerschmidt) knew about me, and he had been coaching the running backs at Houston. He and Coach (Jemal) Singleton, the running backs coach, put my name out there and it happened this afternoon. I don't even know what time. I'm excited and I know I can play in the Big 12."
Carr's career numbers are off the chart. His senior season is a good example of what he can do, and remember that Temple plays in a very difficult district and plays as good a grade of football competition as you will see in the Lone Star State. This past season he rushed 179 times for 1,710 yards with a 9.6 yards per carry average and nine rushing touchdowns.
Carr said he also runs track for the Wildcats as he cited his 4.45 was legit. His events in track are the 4x100 meter relay, 4x200 meter relay, and the open 100 meters.
The young man said he really had not followed Oklahoma State that closely and that up until recently, maybe as recent as this afternoon, he followed Baylor. He said he is looking to major in business or in hotel and restaurant and the culinary arts. Yes, he likes cooking.
He was soft spoken but you could sense the excitement as he discussed his new future.
Carr becomes the first high school running back in the Oklahoma State class and joins top Texas defensive tackle Darrion Daniels as a commitment on the last weekend before signing day.
He said he would sign on Wednesday and get to Oklahoma State's campus as soon as he can for a visit. He also said he'd be okay with being on the radio. Right now Carr is agreeable to a lot and has a lot to be excited about.