Wake Forest offensive line coach Nick Tabacca invited 6-foot-7, 250 pound 2017 tight end Grant Carrigan in for a visit early this week, and by Wednesday morning Carrigan was on campus.
“We toured around a little bit. I really liked what I saw,” Carrigan said. “I didn’t know what to expect, but I liked it.”
Carrigan was a tight end Weir High School in Weirton, West Virginia, and will play receiver at his new home at Pine-Richland High School (PA).
The Deacs may see him as a future offensive lineman.
“They said they would give me a shot at tight end, but it’s really what I grow into,” Carrigan said. “If I grow into 285 or so, and keep heading in that direction, then that’s the direction we would go. It just depends.”
He said he’s open to doing whatever is best for his career and for the team in the long run.
“I’m kind of open to it. I’d prefer to play tight end, but long term if I migrate to another position, and that’s what I’m going to be most successful at, then I’m open to that,” Carrigan said. “I’d like to go in as a tight end, though.”
He currently holds offers from Wake and Kent State, but has recently gained interest from the likes of Florida, UCLA, Pittsburgh and Michigan.
“Other schools are looking at me and are close to offering, but they just want to see some games first this season,” Carrigan said.
Some of the skills Carrigan possesses will translate well if he does eventually make the switch.
“I’m a really good blocker, and I like to be physical,” he said. “I also can go out and catch balls. I attack the ball, but my main asset is blocking.”
Though most of Wake's 2017 class is already locked up, don't expect Carrigan to make any rash decisions. He fully plans on exploring options as his senior season begins to unfold.