John Carlson Jr. Names Top Four

Tight Ends Coach Paul Chryst travelled to Minnesota earlier this week to watch a practice at Litchfield High School, where John Carlson Jr. is a football/basketball star. Did Chryst's visit make a difference when Carlson named his top four last night?

John Carlson, a 6-6, 230-pound tight end, is coming off his best game this season, with seven catches, two touchdowns and 15 tackles (at middle linebacker) last week. He also plays some split end for Litchfield, but is being recruited almost exclusively as a tight end.

Carlson said Wednesday night, his top four are Stanford, Notre Dame, Minnesota and St. Cloud State. He will make an official visit to Notre Dame on Oct. 12, and plans to schedule 1-2 more visits during the fall before making his decision between football and basketball season.

Carlson was also contacted by UW basketball coach Bo Ryan, as the senior hopes to play both sports at the next level. But Carlson said he's not considering the Badgers at this point.

"Honestly in May when they called, and they came up and visited, I didn't have a chance to talk to the coach and I just didn't get things set up with them," Carlson said. "I made some unofficial visits and they hadn't contacted me that much, so I didn't set one up with them."

A 3.95 student, Carlson said academics will play a huge role in his decision, although he's not sure what he wants to major in. And while he would like to play basketball in college, he knows football is his best sport.

"I think at the Division I level, I'm most suited to play football, with my build and my skills," Carlson said. "But it's kind of funny because I've spent my whole live playing basketball and going to basketball camps and stuff like that. I suppose that helped develop tight end skills, catching the ball and moving and stuff."

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