Running back Stephen Carr has become a cornerstone in what appears to be a very talent rich 2017 class of football players.
Carr has been described as quick and decisive in his running style. He doesn’t waste a lot of time or motion in anything he does, which makes each touchdown run look easy. His highlight tape looks like a warmup tape because he never even looks like he’s trying hard.
USC is hoping the Fontana (Calif.) Summit sophomore running back’s highlights are just a warmup — a warmup to an even brighter college career. The four-star back with five-star potential committed to the Trojans last month during a commitment ceremony hosted by his off season club team, Ground Zero.
While nothing has really changed for Carr, who still has nearly two years before he will actually sign with a school, he said that he could sense a different feel from the USC players and coaches now that he is a committed Trojan recruit.
“It’s been pretty good, going up to the school knowing that I’m committed,” Carr said. “I get a little bit more access than the people that aren’t committed. I get to go in the locker room and stuff like that. Players still treat me the same or a little better now that I’m a committed player, but they still show love regardless.”
Carr went to one of USC’s final practices leading up to the spring game and really focused on his position group.
“I hung out with the running backs a little bit. I watched the practice, see how they’re going, see all the drills that they do. See what I’m probably going to be going through in two years. I was just seeing how they go through the motions and seeing what they do at practice.”
The 6-foot, 205-pound rusher, who may still add a couple of inches and some pounds before he’s actually running through those drills, grew up rooting for USC, but relationships with coaches often trump childhood favorites when it comes down to putting ink on a National Letter of Intent on National Signing Day.
For Carr, the most important relationship may be with USC running backs coach Johnny Nansen.
“Nansen, he’s a real cool coach. We have a good connection right now. We talk every time I go up there. Even when I’m not there, we still talk every once in a while. But we’re keeping a cool little connection. He’s an amazing coach.”
Originally, Carr wanted to visit Cal and Washington and had called UCLA “one of my favorite schools too,” but that has all cooled since his commitment to USC. At least for this spring, he said he didn’t plan to take any unofficial visits, even to check out UCLA’s spring practices, which are still going on.
The other schools that had been recruiting him appear to have been scared off by the USC commitment.
“They haven’t talked to me lately, so I’m waiting to hear from them I guess.”
It’s unlikely that will remain the case once Carr gets back out on the field in the fall and people see him making things look easy once again.
Check out Stephen Carr's highlights from the Passing Down So Cal Regional: