Carlos Carroll, linebacker at Salpointe Catholic HS in Tucson (Az.), was offered by San Diego State on Tuesday.
In his first season at linebacker, Carroll had 62 tackles, 7 sacks and 3 interceptions with 2 going for touchdowns.
"I did better at it than I expected [playing linebacker]. Every week my coach helped me a lot to get better but over summer I felt I did really bad," Carroll said. "Once I started scrimmaging some more and getting more game speed I was able to keep up with it. Starting off the season I was an average linebacker but I have been doing better and getting faster every game."
Carroll thinks he will be an overhang linebacker, or an invert defensive end, at the collegiate level, as he has great understanding of what type of football player he is.
"I'm probably not the strongest kid on the field all the time because I go against lineman who weigh a lot more and have more strength than me," Carroll said. "I do make up for that with my speed and good hands. I fight off offensive lineman with my hands and get around them with my speed. I'm good at knowing where the ball is with my instincts."
At 6-foot-3 and 200-pounds, Carroll thinks he needs to strengthen his body to take that next step as a football player.
"I have a pretty strong upper body but I want to get much stronger legs, core and hips; especially my hips so I'm able to change direction faster," Carroll said. "Of course all around I want to be a better football player and learn more about the game but hip, core, and leg strength are very important to a linebacker and any position at football, change speed and change directions."
Carroll brings teamwork, communication and leadership to his Salpointe Catholic HS football team, who went (9-2) last season.
"I love talking to my players, after a defensive series I go to the bench and we all just talk," Carroll said. "After the first series we don't even talk to coaches; we just spend the whole time on the sidelines talking about what we saw, who's good, who's bad and what kind of offense plays do they run. I try to be a great teammate."
Heading into his senior season brings high expectations.
"As a team I want to win state," Carroll said. "Our number one goal is to win: win every game, win every play and win every down that we play. We had trouble last year finishing games and finishing plays. We were a great team last year but we just fell short."
Carroll couldn't sound more excited after receiving an offer from San Diego State.
"My friend and I have always talked about that school [San Diego State]. I've always thought of it as an awesome school," Carroll said. "My grandparents live in Coronado. I visit San Diego every summer and I stay there for a month so it's like a second home to me. I love that. I'm just really excited to come out, visit the school and to be able to live out there with my grandparents."
Carroll also holds offers from SMU and South Dakota State. Also has been in contact with Arizona, BYU, and Oregon. BYU has shown the most interest of the three who haven't offered.
Right now it seems like a two school race for the junior linebacker.
"SMU was one of my first offers, it was in the same weekend as South Dakota State," Carroll said. "My parents love SMU as my sister lives out there but I have always been a big fan of San Diego State and a huge fan of San Diego. So once San Diego State got in the picture it's going to make my decision much harder for me."
Carroll will be taking an unofficial visit to SMU at the end of the month and will be visiting SDSU as soon as possible.
Carroll a 'big fan' of SDSU
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