SMU currently No. 1 on Carroll's list

Tucson, Ariz. linebacker Carlos Carroll received his first offer from the Mustangs last weekend at Junior Day. SMU has always been one of Carroll's top schools and he couldn't be more excited about the opportunity...

Earlier this week, Carlos Carroll got some exciting news.

His first offer had come, and it was from a school he's had on list for a while—SMU.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound linebacker out of Salpointe Catholic High School (Tucson, Ariz.) received the offer following SMU's Junior Day, even though he didn't actually attend.

He was there in spirit, though. Carroll was on a four-day religious retreat in Tucson and was unable to make the trip, but his parents went in his place.

"They sent me pictures of everything," Carroll said. "The field was awesome, the campus, the gym, the weight room…all great."

Since he wasn't able to be on campus for the visit, June Jones discussed the offer with his parents. But Jones and Carroll have spoken as well.

"The first thing I asked him was about the schooling and he said the great thing about SMU is that they have 18 kids to a classroom, which I thought was amazing because when I think of college I think of classes in basketball gyms," Carroll said. "To have 18 kids in one class would be amazing because even now I have 30. It would be a lot better.

"He also said the tuition is very high and that I would get a five-year scholarship and that would be awesome."

Carroll also said that Jones plans to take a trip to Tucson soon to see him and his teammate, offensive tackle Travis Fister, play.

Carroll is also receiving interest from Oregon, Arizona, BYU, San Jose State and South Dakota State, and has visits planned for Oregon, BYU and a Stanford summer camp.

But SMU is his No. 1 at the moment.

"I've always loved SMU," he said. "My top two choices have always been Stanford and SMU."

Another perk about SMU is the fact that it's in Dallas. Carroll has a sister who works in the city and loves it.

He's also heard a lot about the university because he knows a handful of alums from Tucson that he will talk to throughout the recruiting process.

"Two kids in my neighborhood went there, my mom's best friend went there and a kid who graduated from my high school went there and I'm going to meet him when I go there," Carroll said.

Carroll, who said his strengths on the field are his instincts and speed, hopes to visit SMU in the near future.

Until then, he's working out with his high school team in the offseason, preparing for the fall.

"It's very intense," he said of their running and weight lifting sessions.

Carroll is unsure of what he'd like to major in at this point, but he did mention his options include political science, communication, sales or business.

"Just something where I get to communicate with people," he said.

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