While playing for several stacked St. Joseph's Prep football teams over the past few years, senior defensive back Rich Carr established himself as one of the best cornerbacks in his class. Even though he did gather interest from FBS and FCS schools (Carr held offers from Bryant and Sacred Heart), Carr decided to commit to Maine University.
"First and foremost, I chose Maine because of their academics," said Carr. "Maine has a really great business program that is top ten in the country. Secondly, Maine plays in a high-level football conference (Colonial Athletic Association). James Madison University, who plays in the CAA, is the defending National Champion in football. Maine also played UConn last season and they will play Central Florida this season."
During the recruiting process, Carr's recruitment fell victim to coaching changes at a few schools that somewhat hindered his recruitment. However, Carr feels confident about his decision to commit to Maine. "I felt comfortable with the coaches and team," said Carr. "The team (Maine) felt really similar to my high school team and how they go about things. The Maine coaches treated me and my family with great hospitality."
Even though there were some bumps on the road during his recruiting process, Carr feels as though he came away learning a lot about college football and the knowledge you can gain from the game.
Speaking of games, Carr and his St. Joseph's Prep High School football teammates won three out of the last state championships at the highest classification in Pennsylvania. The historical impact of that achievement isn't lost on Carr.
"The feeling of going out the way me and my teammates did is indescribable. We were undefeated state champions this past year and it's something we worked for ever since we came in as freshman. For us to finally accomplish our goals was huge."