Player Spotlight: Nigel Carr

First Coast High School (Jacksonville, FL) star linebacker Nigel Carr is one of the most highly touted linebacker prospects in America for the class of 2008. The defensive standout's offer sheet reads like a who's who list of college football powers, but much like his cool and confident demeanor on the football field, Carr is handling the rigors of the recruiting process like a pro.

The 6'3, 220 pound Carr, who has been timed at 4.5 seconds in the forty yard dash, racked up 115 tackles and 13 sacks in his junior season, and that was with opposing offenses trying to scheme around him. He first broke onto the scene with a 150 tackle campaign his sophomore year. College programs around the country have taken notice, as he now claims offers from the likes of Florida, Florida State, Miami, South Carolina, Clemson, LSU, West Virginia, Georgia Tech, Maryland, and the list goes on. When asked about favorites, Carr replied that he plans to give everyone a chance, but four schools currently stand out to him.

"I'm going to look at every school that has offered me, but I really like FSU, South Carolina, West Virginia and Maryland a lot," said Carr. "I don't really have an individual leader. I‘m keeping my options open."

West Virginia and Maryland are new to his list of favorites, but Carr has remained high on South Carolina and Florida State for quite some time, and the premier Sunshine State prospect shared what he likes about the Gamecocks and Seminoles:

South Carolina - "They are an up an coming program in the SEC, and they're getting a lot of good recruits. I know they'll be good in the future. They haven't really had any great linebackers in the past, so I know that if I go there I could be one of the first great ones to ever come out of South Carolina."

Florida State - "They have a good tradition of linebackers. They always have good linebackers, and their defense is aggressive. Like our defense at First Coast, they all run to the ball well. Coach Chuck Amato is their new linebackers coach, and Coach Mickey Andrews is their defensive coordinator, so I know I could fit in their system."

According to Carr, another factor he likes about South Carolina is his relationship with his Gamecock recruiter, Coach Steve Spurrier Jr.

"He's real cool. He text messages me a lot just to make sure I'm okay. We talk a lot. When he asks me about stuff, it's not just about football, he asks about my grades and how Coach C. is doing. He's like a family type guy who cares about more than just football."

Carr doesn't currently have a timeframe for a decision, but he does know what factors he is looking for in a school.

"My education is important, and so is playing time. I want to play early, and I want to play for good coaches. I want the best coaching that I could receive. That's basically it. It doesn't really matter about location."

The hard hitting linebacker prospect shared what makes him such a special talent on the football field.

"As a player, I'm aggressive to the ball. I go 110-percent, and I take up one side of the field. I cover good, I'm fast, I'm quick, and I can hit. I don't play the game like other people do. I play it at another level."

First Coast Football Coach Fred Culver, who goes by the nickname "Coach C.," has had the opportunity to watch Carr develop both on and off the field throughout his high school career, and he believes that his star linebacker has earned every ounce of success he's enjoying right now.

"Nigel is a good football player. He's done a good job for our program. He started for us as a 9th grader as a weak side end, then we started standing him up as a 10th grader. He really flourished his junior year, and he became a beast on the football field because of his work ethic," said Culver. "When we go to work out, he's the first one in the weight room. He's always the first one out there, and he goes extra, even on Saturdays and Sundays. He's always going to be out there. His work ethic is way above 100-percent. He's an excellent leader. He's everything you could want in a football player on and off the field."

Culver is equally as proud of Carr for the dedication that he has started showing in the classroom.

"Now that motor has turned over to the classroom, and he‘s become an honor student at First Coast High School. He now makes A‘s and B‘s. He‘s found his success through hard work. He‘s just a special kid."

Culver, who has helped turn First Coast into one of the top high school football programs in the state of Florida, closed by stating that Carr and the rest of his teammates are shooting for a state championship this fall.

"They want to win a championship. That's their goal this year. They are all focused on winning a championship."

Stay tuned to throughout the week as we will feature more of First Coast's class of 2008 talent.

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