Cali LB Expecting First Offer From Texas Tech

RaiderPower.com interviewed La Mirada (CA) linebacker Cameron Carr about his recent visit with Texas Tech assistant coach Darrin Chiaverini and his friendship with Red Raider 2015 four-star receiver signee Tony Brown.

It's still early in the recruiting process for 2016 La Mirada (CA) linebacker Cameron Carr, but the 6-foot-2, 220-pound recruit is being contacted by several schools. Among those showing interest is Texas Tech.

Special teams and outside receivers coach Darrin Chiaverini visited the prospect earlier this week, and Carr thinks he is close to getting his first offer from the Red Raiders.

"Well I just met with Coach Chiav a few days ago. He does some great work. He's trying to get another great player out of La Mirada because of Tony Brown. He told me he liked my film when I talked to him. He said he's looking forward to the next step with me, more interest. He said I'm a great player and he likes the way I play. He wants to see me this year and see if I get better. He wants to see me progress on the field and progress in school."

The 2015 season will be Carr's first with La Mirada as he recently switched schools from neighboring Downey High School. There, in 2014, he accrued 101 tackles, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and two pass breakups - playing at a high level against some of the best schools in the state.

"We played some pretty good teams. We played Vista Murietta and they were like #3 in the state last year. In the playoffs we played Cathedral, Phelesian. They were the top two teams in their league."

Carr played in several linebacker spots last season and will primarily star at middle linebacker in La Mirada's 4-3 multiple defense.

"They like to move me around, they feel like I'm the best cover guy and they feel I can stop the run too so they put me wherever they want, whatever situation. I'm versatile. I can do it pretty much all. My coaches, they know with certain formations where to line me up and what to do with me."

The Cali linebacker is good friends with Tech signee Tony Brown, and says Brown has been mentoring him through his recruitment.

"Tony, he's kind of walking me through the recruiting process. He told me what to expect, told me what they expect us to bring to the table as players. Me and Tony, we're like everything together. We walk to class together, work out after class together, talk on the phone sometimes, Tony's like a big brother to me."

Carr, who has taken unofficials to hometown schools USC and UCLA, has a cousin playing for the Trojans in wide receiver Darreus Rogers. Despite the family connection, Carr is open to signing with an out-of-state team and has no problem leaving the state to play football.

"I recently took a visit to Utah and stopped by UNLV on the way to Utah. That was a pretty decent visit. Right now I feel like Texas Tech is showing the most interest. Most of the local schools aren't showing a lot of interest... I'm not a fan of USC, but it's home, I'm used to it, so I kind of want to go off and do something new and do something that I've never done before."

Carr has family in the Lone Star State, and wouldn't mind playing there.

"Texas is kind of home to me, I have a few aunts that live there. It would be a home away from home. I'd have that home feeling."

He has a high opinion of Texas Tech's defense, and is trying to set up an unofficial visit there this summer.

"I like Texas Tech. They're really physical defensively. I haven't really met any of the defensive coaches yet. I would look forward to taking a visit soon, but I've got to talk to my dad. I want to get a feel for what the campus is like and everything."

Carr, who doesn't hold an offer yet, has plenty of time to make a decision. He's wanting to wait until National Signing Day or thereabouts to make sure he makes the right decision.

"Maybe Signing Day, maybe a little bit before. I'll have all my visits and have everything set for me so I'll know where I'm comfortable at. I'll probably ride it out as long as I can. I don't want to be committed and end up decommitting. I'll just hold off and wait until Signing Day."

Carr has no favorites early in the process. Texas Tech, Utah, Washington, Utah State, Colorado, and UNLV are all showing interest in the 2016 recruit.


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