Lots of early attention for Carpenter

Last year, the consensus top JC wideout in the country was Sierra's Carl Moore. This year, the top receiver resides in southern California and he plays for College of the Canyons. His name is Hayo Carpenter (5-11, 180) and he's already got the recruiting attention to prove the preseason hype has a lot of substance behind it. He updated JCFootball.com recently about recruiting and his offseason...

"Things have been going good," Carpenter told JCFootball.com recently. "I had a good spring and it's been busy with a lot of schools stopping by and talking to me."

Carpenter prepped at Burroughs High School in Ridgecrest, Ca. and he had several scholarship offers to choose from, but he was three units shy of a requirement to qualify for a D-1 scholarship so he decided to head to COC to continue his football career.

"Nebraska, Boise State, UCLA and Sac. State all offered me, but I didn't get all the classes I needed," Carpenter said. "I decided on Canyons because of the program and the teams they face.

"Every week we're playing talented teams and I knew I could get some good exposure here."

Playing against top competition will help get you noticed, but put up ridiculous numbers against that same competition and you'll have schools beating down your door.

As a freshman, Carpenter posted 65 receptions for 1,188 yards and nine touchdowns while earning First Team All-Western States honors and he's been named a preseason All-American as well.

"I have offers from Boise State, Washington State, Minnesota, Arizona State, San Diego State and Nevada," Carpenter said. "Nevada just offered me the other day when I talked to their head coach and he offered me over the phone.

"Wyoming and Kentucky have both said they are going to recruit me hard and that they are considering offering me and LSU has been looking at me more closely so far."

Carpenter uses his quickness and his 4.37 speed to blow past defenders and turn them in circles, but he said he's working on his footwork to become an even more complete receiver at the next level.

"I like to think I can do anything a team needs me to do," Carpenter said. "I can work the inside or stretch the field with my speed.

"I've really been focused on my footwork because that helps you set up DBs and it helps you get separation and that is what makes the difference for your QB."

Carpenter will finish up his two-year degree in December and he'll have three years to play two when he finally makes his way to whichever school he commits to.

We'll continue to follow Carpenter's progress over the coming weeks and months and update things as they happen.

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