Projecting the Newcomers: Nick Carman

Where does incoming freshman OL Nick Carman project for 2015? We break it down

Nick Carman
Phoenix, AZ (Mountain Pointe High School_
3 star OL
6-3 274 lbs

The Recruitment
Carman picked the Utes back in October over Boise State, Utah State, and a host of others shortly after taking an unofficial visit. The Utes were his only P5 offer and he jumped on it.

The Skinny
The last Utah offensive lineman to come out of Utah eventually turned into a starting tackle as a sophomore and is on track to eventually be an all conference player (J.J. Dielman). Carman might be the next one, eventually. He's pretty light right now, but has a decent frame to help him grow into a Pac 12 sized offensive lineman. Made huge strides from his junior to senior seasons in high school and is a fairly sound run blocker. He's likely an interior lineman at Utah, but is going to take a year or two before he can contribute.

Projected 2015 Role
Looking for a surefire redshirt for 2015? Nick Carman is it. He's way too light to play on a Pac 12 offensive line this season (especially in the lower body) and needs to develop more nasty in him. He'll bust his butt in the weight room to get ready to contribute in 2016, but despite being one of the more technically sound incoming offensive linemen, he's going to have to get bigger... a lot bigger.

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