Georgia (still) on our minds: Daunte Carr

Georgia safety Daunte Carr had a few questions before heading out West to visit Stanford for Junior Day. But after exiting the Golden State, it appears those questions have been answered for Daunte, the future HS teammate of Stanford WR commit Tai-ler Jones. Hear from Daunte and his father, Dwight, on Stanford, when Carr will name a top-five, and when Carr hopes to ultimately decide.

"Before going, I did not think it was going to be that fascinating or exciting," Daunte Carr said. "But you hear other people talk about certain things pertaining to certain schools, and I found out that everything people were saying about Stanford was true. The school was very, very impressive."

Carr is coming off back-to-back state titles with Buford, where he won 30 consecutive games, but recently transferred to Gainesville High School (Ga.). Next season at Gainesville, Carr will team up with four-star wide receiver Tai-ler Jones, who verbally committed to Stanford on Thursday.

"I know Jones very well, and ever since he took the trip [to Stanford], he's been talking about it non-stop," Carr said. "Both of us loved everything about Stanford, and I think that's why he ultimately chose the school."

Carr, meanwhile, is maintaining a poker face in terms of how he'll be whittling down his list. He currently has offers from Central Florida, Duke, East Carolina, North Carolina State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, South Florida, Stanford, UCLA, Wake Forest and West Virginia. He states he is also drawing interest from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Ohio State, Miami, North Carolina and Tennessee, and plans to announce his decision sometime this summer.

As a safety for Buford in 2008, the 6-2, 197-pound Carr registered 73 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, four forced fumbles and a trio of interceptions. However, Carr says he feels comfortable playing multiple positions.

"I can play strong safety, free safety or nickel," he said. "I'm a very versatile safety. I can fill the hole pretty well, can cover well and have a 40-inch vertical, so I can get up there when I need to."

4.55 40-yard dash speed probably doesn't hurt the cause either.

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While visiting The Farm, Carr had the opportunity to meet with several professors and sit in on a class in his future field of study. He plans on either going pre-med, for an eventual sports medicine career, or majoring in biomedical engineering.

"Since my favorite subjects in school are math and science, I figure that interest needs to correspond with what my field of study will be in college," he said.

Of note to Stanford fans will be the fact that Carr, who holds a 3.52 GPA, is planning on graduating early, in December 2009. His reasoning for the early high-school exit is two-fold.

"It will give me the opportunity to play in spring games for whichever school I decide to attend," Carr said. "I will have the chance to work out with the team and get ahead of schedule before all the other freshmen get there. I will be ahead on the academic side as well. If I enroll into school early, I will be required to take classes so I will be ahead in that sense."

Carr and his father also met with the Cardinal coaching staff, which left a lasting impression.

"We had two days to work and talk with the coaches, and the majority of the visits were on a one-on-one basis which gave us quality time at Stanford," Carr's father said. "We took the opportunity to view practices, meet with position coaches, hangout with the football players and speak with alumni. [The coaches] seemed to have really figured this thing out as far as mindset, where Daunte will fit into the picture, and what he's actually bringing to the table."

And if Carr does eventually decide on Stanford, he and his family won't have to travel far to watch his family friend, Frank Gore, play on Sundays for the San Francisco 49ers.

"With Stanford you are pretty much set for life after college, because it's a very good academic school," Carr said. "It's pretty much the Harvard of the West. It's a perfect school to go to as far as academics, and the football program is on the rise. You have your win-win scenario, I guess you could say."

Carr's father, Dwight, reiterated his son's sentiments.

"We had a few questions going into it, but coming out of it, we were blown away," he said. "Stanford is one of the best-kept secrets out there. We were just really set at ease once we finished our two days there. It's just a matter of time before Daunte makes his decision. His top-five announcement will be out soon."

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