OL Prospect Will Visit UCLA

Allen Carroll, the 6-4.5, 285-pound offensive line prospect from Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds, has been impressive this spring and, as a result, has collected six scholarship offers. He tells us there are two schools he definitely knows he wants to officially visit...

Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds offensive lineman Allen Carroll (6-4.5, 285) has seen several of his teammates the past few years sign with D-1 schools, and with a half dozen scholarship offers of his own, Carroll could be following them before too long.

"I have six offers, from Washington, Oregon, Nebraska, UCLA, Arizona and Arizona State," said Carroll. "Some other schools have come by, like San Jose State. Coach (Ron) Gould from California came by to see me (Thursday) at school but Cal hasn't offered me yet."

Despite not getting an offer from Cal, which is just a quick trip from the McClymonds campus, Carroll isn't too worried. "If they offer great, but if they don't, that's fine. I mean, anything is possible. I don't mind leaving and I don't mind staying," said Carroll. "It's too soon for me to decide."

Carroll said that he's not narrowing his list of schools yet, but that when he begins to set up his official trips, he knows of two places he plans to visit. "I'm going to visit UCLA and Arizona for sure, but I'm not sure about the other ones yet," said Carroll. "I know I want to take some visits and hopefully that will make choosing a school a lot easier."

Recruiting Carroll for UCLA is receivers coach Eric Scott. "Coach Scott has a lot of energy and he's a real cool guy," said Carroll, who also has talked with new offensive line coach Bob Connelly. "I like UCLA a lot and want to check them out for a trip."

Carroll said that most schools are recruiting him to play on the offensive line, with the specific position to be decided later. "I'm not actually sure whether I want to play tackle or guard," said Carroll. "I'm 6-4, and most tackles are 6-7, so I've been told by a few people that I might move to guard. I play tackle now but I've played all positions on the line. I'm pretty athletic so I can play guard."

McClymonds has been one of the more talented programs in NorCal the past few years, with six players signing when Carroll was a sophomore and another four last year. In fact, it was a teammate on the offensive line a year ago who Carroll credits for a lot of his own growth.

"Thomas Byrd is going to Boise State and I got a lot of practice working with him. We did a lot of 1-on-1s and he spent extra time with me, going over certain things," said Carroll. "I have seen other players, other teammates, go through recruiting, but you have to experience it for yourself and it's such a new experience for me. But I got to up against a lot of great players, like Derrick Hill and play with Na'Derris Ward."

With former Mac coach Alonzo Carter now at Berkeley High, Carroll and his teammates are welcoming a new coach, Eric Culberson, to Mac. "He was at a lot of the games, though he wasn't coaching. But he went to Mac, he's from West Oakland, so we can all relate. I love my school, I love the city and I play with pride and represent Mac with pride," said Carroll.

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