Carson Wants to Check out UCLA

the #21-ranked tailback in the country, Shon Carson from South Carolina, has scholarship offers from many SEC schools, but there's a west coast school that has offered him that he wants to check out...


Shon Carson, the 5-foot-9, 195-pound four-star running back from Lake City High School in Lake City, S.C., finished his junior season with 2,146 yards rushing and 33 touchdowns.

"I have good speed and power," Carson said. "I have great vision too. I'm like Percy Harvin…I can play anywhere."

He says he can bench 315-pounds, squat 515 and claims a 35-inch vertical jump.

"I want to improve my blocking," he said.

Carson, ranked as the No. 21 running back in the country by Scout.com, still denies a favorite and has already visited both Clemson and South Carolina.

He says that Clemson is about three hours from his house, while the Gamecocks are only about one and half hours away. "But I'm not worried about the distance," he said.

"I like South Carolina. It's a very humble place," he said. "It's a nice environment and someplace you can go and stay out of trouble. I like the coaches a lot too."

Carson says the two in-state schools, along with North Carolina, are recruiting him the hardest. "They all want me bad," he said.

"I've never been to North Carolina, but I plan on going to a game there this season," he said. "I've heard it's a great atmosphere."

The Tar Heels are also about three hours from Carson's home.

He attended junior days at South Carolina and Clemson. "I love the offense that Clemson runs," he said about the Tigers. "They use the running back a lot. They've produced some great backs recently."

Carson says he also has offers from Alabama, Maryland, Kentucky, Tennessee, East Carolina, UCLA and others.

"I've never been to California and I want to check them (UCLA) out," he said. "I know they produce good backs and they seem to run a good offense too. They are getting better every year and are looking for some playmakers."

Growing up Carson says he followed Miami. "They're recruiting me, but haven't offered yet," he said about the ‘Canes.

Carson plans to make a decision after his senior season. "I don't want to rush it," he said. "I don't want to go someplace and not like it."

He says that being able to play baseball and football will be a major factor in his decision.

Carson plays short stop and centerfield and has a .481 batting average with 11 home runs, 35 RBIs and 50 stolen bases.

He plans to major in sports management and reports a 3.6 core GPA and is taking the SAT on June 5.


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