Lloyd Carrington is a 6-0, 181-pound corner out of Dallas (TX) Lincoln High School. He has been in contact with Todd Graham and his staff, specifically Mike Norvell, Pitt's co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach.
Norvell already has Carrington excited about Pitt. Though he's never been to Pittsburgh before, Carrington is already having a hard time containing his excitement level.
"Well, I'm excited to come in and visit the guys," Carrington said. "I had a pretty good relationship with the coaches (when at Tulsa). I‘m looking forward to visiting, seeing the guys, and seeing what Pittsburgh has to offer.
"Coach Norvell, he's a pretty down to earth guy. He'll be a pretty good coach, I can be successful working with him."
Interestingly, the Pittsburgh Steelers will be swapping homes with Carrington the following weekend, when they come down to Dallas to play in the Super Bowl. Because of the publicity generated by its professional football team, Carrington has said he already has a pretty good idea of the football culture of Pittsburgh.
"I expect it," Carrington said. "I've heard it's a pretty good city that loves the sport. There's just great fans out there. I'm just really looking forward to going to see it all."
He's also excited about the type of defense that co-defensive coordinators Keith Patterson and Paul Randolph plan to put together. This is Carrington's first year of organized football. He credits his basketball background and his coaching with getting him in position to earn a Division I scholarship after just a year of organized football.
"Their defense, they play aggressive defense; bump and run, which is my specialty," Carrington said. "This is a place where I could be successful and have a good college career."
Carrington was coached by a guy named Kyle Ward, who signed on with the Green Bay Packers in 2008, after playing his college ball at Louisiana-Lafayette. Ward also spent a year with the Buffalo Bills, before embarking on his coaching career. Carrington says Ward has been a big help to him so far.
"I had all district, and this is my first year playing football, I'm excited about it," Carrington said. "I just played hard in the spring and summer. I learned from an NFL caliber player as my DB coach. I learned from a good coach. He got me really confident, ready for college. I played basketball, so (playing corner) related to playing basketball a little bit; the lateral movement."
Carrington hopes that his Pittsburgh visit goes well enough, that he could make a decision--possibly committing to the Panthers--when the visit is over.
"Yeah, that's what I plan to do," Carrington said. "I'll decide after the visit. I need a little more time to think. Once I do that, I'll make my decision."