Baldwin Gets Early Interest

Archbishop Carroll (DC) wide receiver Lamont Baldwin led his conference in touchdowns as a sophomore, and he may very well be on his way to leading in offers once his junior year gets under way.

Lamont Baldwin (6-4, 196) caught 38 passes for 858 yards and eight touchdowns, good enough for a spot on the all-conference team. Baldwin also had 32 tackles on defense, along with five sacks and three interceptions--all of which came from the defensive end position. Baldwin also blocked five kicks in his sophomore year. Playing defensive end, he feels, helps him be a physical receiver.

"They're trying to get me to play corner, but I've been at defensive end since I came into high school," Baldwin said. "You have to be physical if you're going to mess around with a 6-7, 300-pound tackle. You go from that to being defended by a 5-9, 170-pound corner. Me playing defensive end and receiver makes me more aggressive with blocking and attacking the ball."

His coaches have told him there are a few schools that are already waiting to offer them. One of them, after an impressive showing at their prospect camp this summer, is Pittsburgh.

"Pittsburgh, I like the whole facility and all the coaches," Baldwin said. "I loved everything about it. I love it. I just loved the facilities, and everything."

Baldwin knows that the coaches, regardless of where they're from, cannot talk to him yet, but they have talked to his coach a lot to this point.

"(Receivers) coach Scott Turner calls my coach, because he can't call until September 1," Baldwin said. "He told my coach I was the biggest (receiver) he wanted to get. They're going to invite me to some games."

Baldwin also went to Virginia's camp, just last week.

"I went to Virginia last Saturday," Baldwin added. "I like coach (Mike) London and coach (Shawn) Moore. I like Virginia, but I really like Pitt more than Virginia. It is the same thing with Virginia--they're starting to call my coach too."

Rounding out his summer schedule was a trip to Maryland, close to Baldwin's home.

"I love Maryland because it's close to home," Baldwin said. "I can see my family whenever I want to. I like the coaches, coach (Ralph) Friedgen and the offensive coordinator (James Franklin)."

Baldwin wouldn't rule out going back to all three schools some time this fall for an unofficial visit, to go see a game as well. Baldwin and a number of Archbishop Carroll teammates are expected to get a lot of interest this year, including linebacker Seldon Hodge, Jabari Thomas and Jordan Smith.

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