Vanderbilt offers Calif. wide receiver
"I was talking with one of [Vanderbilt's] coaches, and he put me over to the wide receiver coach," said Darren Carrington Jr. "They just talked about how much they loved my highlight film. He asked me what I thought me strengths are, and I told him good route running, going up to get it, my hands, and my yac--yards after the catch.
"I don't know a lot about the program. Most of my offers so far have been from the Pac-12, but I'm going to start doing my homework on Vanderbilt."
Carrington lists other offers from Hawaii, Arizona, Washington State (his first), Oregon State, Cal, Nevada, Boston College, Boise State, Northwestern, San Diego State, and Montana.
"Right now I'd put Oregon and Arizona State on top just because those of the two I'm talking with the most," Carrington stated. "I have unofficial visits set up with Oregon and USC. I'm going to be narrowing my choices over the summer and make my official visits during the season.
"I'm just looking at finding the best fit. My Dad's helping me with everything. He played in the NFL with the Broncos, Lions, Chargers, Jaguars, and Raiders, and played college at Norther Arizona.
"I want to be in a family atmosphere with great coaches. I want to play at a high level of competition, but also want to go to a college with good academics.
"Football doesn't last forever, and I want a solid degree so I know I'll still be in good shape after my playing days are over. As far as offenses, I'd like to play in the spread."
After the starting quarterback went down to injury, Carrington took on the role. He still had 640 receiving yards and six touchdowns in four games at wide receiver and also was the team's full-time strong safety.
"At least I got a chance to show off my athleticism," Carrington said of his junior season. "This year I think we're going to be really strong, so watch out for us. Our goal is to make the CIF playoffs and go on to win state. I want to beat the San Diego record for receiving with more than 2,000 yards."
Carrington plays at a small, private school and takes on many roles of the team such as return man, long snapper, and kicker in addition to his duties at wide receiver and defensive back.
He stays busy in the off-season with volleyball, baseball, and basketball. Carrington is looking at studying Business or Sports Management in college and possibly going for a law degree afterward. Follow @VandyManiacom
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