Carr Getting Early Attention

Mar. 13 -- Elite 2017 running back Stephen Carr already has four offers, with two of them from USC and UCLA...

Fontana (Calif.) Summit running back Stephen Carr has been very impressive on the 7-on-7 and camp circuit so far this spring, flashing a nice combination of size and speed. At 5'11.5 and 194 pounds heading into his junior season, the 2017 prospect projects as an every-down, between-the-tackles running back at the next level. With the running backs in the 2016 trending more toward the small, shifty type, Carr has already drawn early attention from a variety of big-time schools, and he snagged a couple of particularly big offers in the last two weeks.

"I've just recently been offered by both USC and UCLA," Carr said. "It feels amazing, to be honest, because USC and UCLA are two of my favorite schools. Those were my two favorite schools growing up, and now to have both of them, it's a blessing. My family is from L.A., so there's going to be a lot of interest there."

The offer from UCLA is the most recent, with the Bruins letting him know on Thursday that they loved his running style.

"Coach (Demetrice) Martin called me, and said I was a good running back, and then I talked to Coach (Kennedy) Polamalu, and he said the same thing," Carr said. "They said they liked the way I ball, they liked the way I'm versatile as a running back, since I can catch and run, so that's pretty cool."

Carr was one of the standouts at The Opening Regional in Los Angeles, and he said he thought that might have played a role in UCLA's decision to offer him.

"It's possible, because I did pretty good out there," Carr said. "No linebackers could stick with me in the drills, and I caught the ball really well, caught pretty much everything thrown my way."

Carr has never been up to UCLA, but said he wants to plan a visit over spring break. He did visit USC on Thursday, though, and came away pretty impressed with the visit.

"It was pretty cool," Carr said. "I like their facility, there's nothing really like it. And then the coaching staff, they're welcoming and friendly, it's good vibes there. I talked to all the coaches there, the linebackers coach, the head coach. I talked to Coach Sark, we had a really strong conversation. And then I talked to Coach Johnny Nansen, the running backs coach."

Carr said he didn't grow up a fan of one team in particular, and said his family is behind him in whichever decision he ultimately makes.

The running back also has offers from Colorado and Washington, but said he wasn't sure when he'd be able to unofficially visit those schools. As for other schools interested, he believes that both Notre Dame and Arizona State could be close to offering.

If that sounds like a lot of attention for a guy who just wrapped up his sophomore year, you're not the only one who thinks that.

"It's pretty overwhelming," Carr said about the attention. "I'm getting phone calls every day, between interviews and all that, but I think I can handle it for now."

Still, Carr's in no danger of making a quick decision, and wants to go through the process until he gets the right feeling from the school he ultimately picks.

"I'm not going to commit this year, but I feel like when it comes to my junior and senior year, it's just going to be a matter of when I get that feeling that a school is right for me," Carr said. "I have to get that feeling, so it could come at any point. I don't have a set date in mind for committing at this point."

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