Gulf Coast DT up to four offers

He's a mountain of a man, but don't think for a second that Mississippi Gulf Coast DT James Carmon (6-7, 370) doesn't have good technique. The talented D-lineman is already up to four offers from the SEC and he's got plenty more schools looking his way. JCFootball.com caught up with Carmon and he talked about things including how he likes to surprise the offensive lineman he takes on every week...

"People think because of my size and stuff that I don't have much technique, but I work on it all the time and it catches people off guard," Carmon told JCFootball.com. "I've worked on my lower-body strength and my speed and quickness and I always work every day on keeping my pad-level low because of my height, so it catches people off guard a little bit."

Carmon was a standout at Baltimore City College High School in Maryland, but grades kept him from qualifying. Fortunately a coach at a nearby high school helped him find a home at Gulf Coast and he couldn't be happier about it.

"It was a hard lesson to learn, but you do what you have got to do and work with it," Carmon said. "I mean, this place has been great and my grades are just fine now, so it has really helped me out."

Carmon is a player who can play a traditional defensive tackle role in a 4-3 or he can move head-up over the center in a 3-4.

"Wherever a coach wants me to play and wherever a formation needs me at, I can do it," Carmon said. "I'm probably a better run-stuffer, but I can rush the quarterback too, it just depends on the scheme."

As a freshman in 2008, Carmon posted 18 tackles and three sacks and schools from across the country have taken notice of his considerable skills as well as his immense size.

"I have offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Alabama right now," Carmon said. "Pittsburgh just called me today and I have been in touch with USC, Auburn and Florida too.

"I would love to play in the SEC because of all the great players, but I'm open to everyone and I want to take all of my visits before I decide."

Carmon claims he's on pace to graduate in December and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

We'll have more from this Big Time prospect in the near future.

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