2009 Defensive Back Jabari Carr

The 6-1, 180-pound prospect from San Jose (Calif.) Oak Grove, Jabari Carr, can play safety or cornerback, and that capability is getting him strong recruiting looks from the Pac-10 and Big 12. He talked to us about it, and his early favorites...

The last time UCLA recruited a prospect from San Jose (Calif.) Oak Grove, it was Marcus Reese, a staple in the Bruins linebacking corps for years.

Fast forward a decade later, and UCLA is back recruiting at Oak Grove, this time going after all-state defensive back Jabari Carr (6-1, 180).

A two-time all-state underclass selection, Carr is one of the elite defensive backs in the Bay Area, and several teams have been showing interest in him.

"I've heard from Alabama, Rutgers, California, Oregon, Washington, UCLA, USC, Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska and UConn," said Carr. "I play safety, but I believe a lot of schools are looking at me as cornerback. I prefer cornerback actually."

While Carr is waiting for his first scholarship offer, five schools stand out to him. "My top five is Alabama, Cal, UCLA, Oregon and USC," said Carr. "I don't have a leader, but if I got an offer from USC or UCLA, I'd probably take it right away. At first I would have said USC is where I would go if offered now, but I think it would be UCLA because I want to be a part of building a program back up."

Carr said that his preference overall would be to stay in California, so any of the three among USC, UCLA or Cal would be fine with him.

"I really want to stay in state," said Carr. "The biggest thing for me, though, is to play for a good program. I want to play where my talent can be utilized. The location is important, and of course the academics are a big thing. I also want to see how the people at the school get a long and I want to play for a really tight team."

Carr said he doesn't anticipate making any decision in the near future. "I'll take a lot of unofficial visits because I really want to look at a lot of schools and then I'll take some official visits," said Carr. "I don't think I'll decide till around Signing Day or even on Signing Day itself."

Spending most of his time at Oak Grove at safety, Carr said the coaching staff is considering moving him to corner for his senior year. "My coach is debating on whether he wants to move me from safety to corner, but he's not sure if we have someone to stay deep at safety," said Carr. "I can play either position and would do whatever position is best for our team."

Carr describes his play as similar to NFL All-Pro Ed Reed. He said, "He comes up and makes a hit when it's needed and he covers guys too. Our body types are similar."

This spring, Carr is planning to attend a host of combines and camps, and continue to seek out his first offer. "I want to show what kind of talent I have and what else I am capable of," said Carr. "We had a good year, but I think I can do more to showcase my skills."

Carr was a part of Oak Grove's CIF-CCS Open Division Championship, recording 94 tackles, 21 breakups, five interceptions and five fumble recoveries. He was a First Team All-State Underclass pick and was named the Mercury League Junior of the Year.

"I feel we could repeat if we put in the work in the off-season," said Carr. "I also want us to be able to compete for a state berth."

Academically, Carr said he was doing well and was taking SAT prep classes.

"I'm really trying to get better as a student and I'm giving all of my effort to working on my grades and preparing for the SAT," said Carr.

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