Carswell gets Trojan in-home visit

Brandon Carswell from Milpitas, CA doesn't have a four or five-star rating, but schools used to signing four and five-star wide receivers have offered him scholarships. It's cliché' to say a prospect was flying under the radar, but Carswell wasn't a heavily hyped prospects until a few months ago.

However, some who saw him perform at combines last spring/summer, had no doubt he was one of the top wide receiver prospects in California.

Carswell was the Trojan's starting quarterback and cornerback this season. He completes 81 passes for 1,401 yards with 14 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. He also ran for 1,503 yards on 152 carries and scored 18 touchdowns.

This week, three schools that offered Carswell traveled to Milpitas for in-home visits with he and his family.

"I had Cal, Oregon and USC come," Carswell said. "Coach (Mike) Bellotti and Coach (Nick) Aliotti (defensive coordinator) came from Oregon, Coach (Dan) Ferrigno (wide receivers) and Coach (Jeff) Tedford came from Cal and Coach (Pat) Ruel (offensive line) came from USC."

Carswell was asked how the visits went.

"They went great," Carswell said "I got to learn a lot more about the academics at each school, how their study programs are and pretty much all of the things I wanted to know."

Normally with in-home visits there's not a lot of football talk and the coaches aim is to sell the school, not so much the football program. Carswell provided a summary of what each school had to say.

"They (Oregon) told me they're big on academic issues, too," Carswell said. "They really have a good study program and they're building a new facility to help students with their homework and things like that.

"Cal was talking about the different departments I can get into and finding out what I really wanted to study--things like that. I'm looking to get into sports broadcasting or business management. I might also look into criminal law.

"USC was just telling me if I wanted to be in broadcasting or be on camera, they have the best place for me to do that. Then they were going over the different type of academic plans they have, like the classes I could take."

With Milpitas' season over, Carswell will focus more on recruiting and begin officially visiting the schools he‘s seriously considering.

"I go to Cal this weekend and USC next weekend, and I don‘t have anything set after that," Carswell said. "I might go to Oregon or UNLV the second week of January and I'm trying to get a visit set up for Boise State."

After the official and in-home visits are over, Carswell commented on what qualities he's ultimately looking for in the school he commits to.

"I definitely want to have a good relationship with the coaches and the players who are going to be there, because I'm going to be there for a while," Carswell said. "And definitely the environment the school is in and making sure it's safe place for me to live."

We'll have more updates on Carswell after his official visits.


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