Principal's son headed for UTEP

Russell Carr this week made an oral commitment to play football at the University of Texas-El Paso, Carr said Monday night...

Russell Carr this week made an oral commitment to play football at the University of Texas-El Paso, Carr said Monday night.

 

Carr played wide receiver for Chino Don Lugo, making 43 catches for 820 yards and nine touchdowns.

 

"He was a three-year starter at wide receiver and free safety," Don Lugo coach Greg Setlich said.

 

"He also played quarterback at times. He's a mature kid and I'm looking forward to seeing him play on the next level."

 

The Conquistadores' standout will sign with UTEP on Wednesday, National Letter of Intent signing day.

 

Carr also is the son of Don Lugo principal Preston Carr. When Preston became principal of Don Lugo, there was no doubt about where Russell was going.

 

"We were sort of the forgotten school at the time," Preston said. "We were thought of as the step-child. But when I took over at Don Lugo and we set about to start our own legacy, I had to be able to say I'd send my own kid there."

 

Preston said it's worked out well, as Russell probably got to play earlier on varsity at Don Lugo than he may have at Chino Hills Ayala. He played both football and basketball and ran track.

 

Preston said it is advantageous to have his son at the school in other
ways.

 

"He's be a good role model," Preston said. "He's a good student-athlete, so how much better can things be than to have your own son as one of the leaders at your school?"

 

Asked about how it is being a student at his father's school, Russell answered rather humorously:

 

"It has its pros and cons." Russell said he likes UTEP's passing game, noting the players it has put into the pro ranks. He also enjoyed meeting coach Mike Price.

 

"He's a great guy," he said. "He's really down to earth. I visited there in the middle of the season and I felt comfortable there."

 

Russell is currently playing basketball at Don Lugo and scored 11 points on Monday night in a loss to Ontario Colony.


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