Carr down to four programs

One of the Cardinal's prized recruits confirmed to The Bootleg this weekend that Stanford was one of his top selections. Three-star safety Daunte Carr narrowed down his list of schools from eleven programs to four.

Daunte Carr reported that Stanford, UCLA, North Carolina State and Wake Forest are his final candidates.

"Every time I go [to Stanford] there is a lot of energy in the air about moving forward, about winning a Pac-10 championship and then a national championship," said Carr. "Their drive is very public and very passionate."

Carr returned from his second Junior Day visit to The Farm at the end of May. Daunte's father accompanied him on his first trip to Palo Alto in early April, but this time his mother got the full experience.

"So far, you know what, she loves Stanford," Carr said. "I asked my mom to tell me one thing she didn't like about Stanford and she couldn't even answer. She absolutely loved it."

Carr's parents figure to play a larger role than in most recruitments, as they will be relocating with him once he decides on a school. Carr said that he thought his family "would be pretty happy living in California."

A third trip to Stanford for Carr is slated for later this month.

"There is a camp that is going on that I am going to try and be a part of, Monday Night Football," said Carr of the June 22nd camp. "During Junior Days you learn things, but at the camps you actually get a chance to let the coach see how you play in real life. It also gives me the opportunity to see how the coaches coach.

"You don't want to go to a school where you aren't sure what kind of coaching style the coach has. You want to know something about the coach, more than just his personality. You want to test out the coach, and you also want the coach to test you out."

Carr will also visit the other three schools on his chiseled-down list this summer, but does not yet have scheduled dates.

The 6-foot-2, 197-pound Carr posted 73 tackles, 12 for a loss, four forced fumbles and three interceptions from his safety position for Buford (Ga.) in 2008. He hasn't experienced a high school football loss in more than two seasons, after winning 30 straight games and back-to-back state titles.

Carr will play for Gainesville High School his senior year, where he will team up with four-star wide receiver and Stanford commit Tai-ler Jones. His preparation for his final season of prep football continues throughout the summer.

"I have been working out with the football team three days a week and running and lifting by myself every day," said Carr, who boasts a 40-inch vertical and 4.55 forty-yard dash speed. "I am just trying to hone my skills for the upcoming football season."

But before that season commences, Carr plans to have chosen the program he will play for at the next level.

"It's going to be in the summertime, it's going to be very soon," he said. "I'm going to try to take as many visits as I can and attend as many camps as I can from my top four schools, and then make a choice from there."

Carr finished his junior year with a 3.42 GPA and took the ACT last Saturday. He still has intentions to graduate early in December, and plans on majoring in either biomedical engineering or going pre-med in college.

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