Butler's Carradine is a big-time prospect

Heading into the early part of the 2011 recruiting process, Butler DE Cornellius Carradine (6-5, 252) was already getting a ton of interest from schools, but the talented defender was unaware of which ones had offered. After catching up with him recently, he admitted he's still in the dark, but he expects to know very soon which four-year programs are the most interested...

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."

Because of his explosiveness and athleticism, as well as his relentless pursuit of the quarterback, schools are already tripping over themselves trying to get into the race for his services, but at this point he's still waiting to find out which ones have extended offers.

"My coaches don't like telling us which schools have offered until after our spring practices are over," Carradine told JCFootball.com with a chuckle. "They really want us focused on school and on the things we are doing in spring ball and once we finish our spring game, then they will let me know."

Buter's spring game will be May 7th according to Carradine and he said he's excited to find out which schools are after him.

"It's an exciting thing, it really is," Carradine said. "I've been through this before back when I was in high school, but this time around it really is meaningful since I'll be able to leave in December and I'm all set academically to get in and start playing D-1 ball."

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 said back in February. "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."

Carradine says he plans to sign with a school in December and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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