Carradine is a top 2011 JUCO prospect

A player who promises to be one of the most sought-after JUCO prospects in the nation next year is Butler DE Cornellius Carradine (6-5, 252). After putting up huge numbers as a freshman on one of the most talented teams in the country, the talented pass-rusher spoke with and he told us what it is about him that makes him so successful at what he does best...

Carradine enjoyed an outstanding prep career at Taft High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. He had offers from across the country, but opten to sign with Illinois. However, he was unable to qualify, so he chose the best JUCO program he could find.

"Butler was number one in the nation and I knew if I headed there I would be playing with the best and against the best every day," Carridine told recently. "They always put a lot of guys into D-1 programs, so I felt if I came here and did well, that I could be able to have a lot of choices."

This past fall, starting every game at weakside defensive end opposite Texas Tech-bound Scott Smith, Carradine led the Grizzlies with 90 tackles and finished second on the team with 20 tackles-for-loss and 10 sacks.

"I'm quick off the ball and I like really like to use my speed to get to the quarterback," Carradine said. "Coaches really like how explosive my first step is and how I never give up on a play."

Carradine said a lot of schools have made offers, but he said he won't know any specifics until spring ball begins.

"I know a bunch of schools have been by to watch us during the season and I've got a bunch of offers, but nothing official has really come in for me yet," Carradine said. "My coaches said a lot will be out for spring ball and I'll get a big list during the summer of the schools that have offered.

"I figure a lot will be coming from the Big 12 and Big 10 and schools in those areas, but honestly, I'm not really worrried about that stuff right now. I just want to keep getting better and improving. The offers will come and I'll have options, but if I don't keep working on my game and stuff like that, then I won't be successful."

Besides his ideal defensive end size, Carradine also sports a 4.6 forty time, a 34-inch vertical and he benches 225 pounds 27 times.

Carradine is well on his way to finishing his AA degree in December and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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