Florida Linebacker Names Early Favorite

First Coast (Jacksonville, FL) star linebacker Nigel Carr is one of the top junior linebackers in the nation this year, and the Sunshine State standout is already generating interest from several major programs across the country. Where do the Gamecocks stand with this premier 2008 prospect? Read inside to find out.

The 6'3, 220 pound Carr, who totaled 94 tackles, 13 sacks, and 1 interception in his junior season, claims an impressive list of offers, but one team has already jumped to the top of his list.

"I have offers from Georgia Tech, Maryland, USF, South Carolina, Ole Miss, and I'm getting interest from Florida and Florida State," said Carr. "I like South Carolina the most. They're the only one that really stands out right now."

Carr, who was high school teammates with USC commitments Jamire Williams and Arkee Smith at First Coast High School, attended a summer camp at South Carolina last year and has become familiar with the Gamecock program since that time.

"We went over there during the summer, and me and Shaq (Wilson) had a good camp. They said they were going to offer us early, and they did. Coach Spurrier (Jr.) comes a lot and checks on us. He texts us and stuff. I like them a lot."

He has also become good friends with his Gamecock recruiter, Coach Steve Spurrier Jr., early on in the recruiting process.

"Coach Spurrier Jr. is my recruiter, and he's my boy. We talk a lot. He's nice. He's a good coach, and he'll ask me about stuff off the football field. He cares. He'll ask me about my grades and whether I'm staying out of trouble. It doesn't have to be just about football, but he's a good coach."

Carr stated that he does not plan on making an early decision, but he does know of a couple key factors that he is looking for in the school of his choice.

"My education is important, and so is playing time. I want to play early, at least by my sophomore year. That's basically it. It doesn't really matter about location. I just don't want to go on the west coast."

The 2008 standout, who runs a 4.5 second forty yard dash, closed by sharing what strengths he brings to the football field.

"I take up one side of the field. I play linebacker, but I also come down on the line sometimes. This year I had a lot of people running from me, so Coach C. (Coach Fred Culver) would put me down some, and then he'd put me up. I just dominate one side of the field. I cover good, I'm fast, I'm quick, and I can hit."

Stay tuned to GamecockAnthem.com for all the latest on this 2008 Sunshine State prospect.

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