June 28, 2012

Carr looking for more

One of the top performers at the Michigan State Camp back on June 16th was offensive lineman Shakir Carr of Clay High School in South Bend, Indiana. The 3-star prospect is seeing his recruiting stock rise and he could be a player the Spartan staff turns up the heat on this fall.

Two weeks ago SpartanMag.com was scouting the Spartan Camp and in the process of watching Alex Gall of Ohio we kept noticing Carr. Not only did Carr look bigger and quicker on that day, but he out-performed the Miami of Florida commitment in the 1v1 portion of the camp. Carr was the only class of 2014 lineman that had consistent success against several of the defensive linemen, many of which have BCS offers.

Carr came into the camp with a couple of MAC offers. By the time the camp was over pretty much every MAC school in attendance had thrown their hat in the ring and he put himself on the short list of prospect the Spartans will be evaluating this fall. We spoke with Carr about his recruitment.

"I have offers from Western Michigan, Central Michigan, Miami of Ohio, Bowling Green, Ball State and Buffalo," Carr said. "Right now I am heraring the most from Cincinnati, Purdue, Minnesota, Illinois and USC."

Carr is actually out in California at this moment attending the USC Rising Stars Camp.
The Spartans are focused on the offensive tackle position for the class of 2013 and Carr is listed as a guard in the rivals.com database. With that said, Carr actually repped at tackle on several occasions at the Spartan Camp and he was bigger than most of the other recruits who are listed as being taller in the recruiting database. Unlike other, Carr is a legit 6-foot-4, 295-pounds.

Carr talked about Michigan State.

"I like dit uip ther. Michigan State said they are going to follow my senior year. I hope they have a scholarship spot available. I am looking for a college that has a winning tradition and good academics."

At camp Carr showed many of the skills that impressed SpartanMag.com

"I have been told by coaches that they like my strength, my quick feet and my long arms," Carr indicated. "I can redirect as fast as the defensive linemen."

Rivals.com Midwest Recruiting Analsyt was also impressed with what Carr showed in East Lansing:

Top performer: Shakir Carr, South Bend (Ind.) Clay We have seen the 6-foot-4, 292-pound Carr several times this offseason and he continues to improve. On Saturday, he was the only offensive tackle to stone explosive defensive end Demetrius Cooper. Carr slid out and met Cooper before could exploit the outside with his speed, then was ready when Cooper countered to the inside. Several MAC schools have already offered Carr, but we expect BCS schools to start taking notice soon.

Carr's body-type would be most similar to current Spartan lineman Donovan Clark. Interestingly, Clark was listed as almost the exact same size as Carr coming out of high school, but was considered a tackle prospect by most recruiting services. Clark is now listed as being 6'3 295 according to the official Spartan roster. Carr is probably slightly taller than Clark with a longer wingspan.

Carr is very excited about the prospects for a strong senior year. Clay High school returns the majority of players from last year's team and has multiple Division 1 prospects on the roster. Carr talked with SpartanMag.com about the expectations.

The Clay Colonials are planning on playing for the Indian State Championship," he said.

No doubt if Clay High school has the type of season that Carr is hoping for, his recruitment will probably reflect that success and several BCS offers will come his way.

SpartanMag.com's Take:

With half a dozen MAC offers on the table Carr is on schedule to be a BCS level recruit. Most players that receive the amount of MAC scholarships he has usually end up with multiple BCS offers before signing day. Michigan State has recruited several players who fell into a similar category as far as early offers including current Spartans such as LeVeon Bell, Micajah Reynolds and Jeremy Langford. Former Spartan such as Kirk Cousin, B.J Cunningham and Kevin Pickelman had even less interest at the same point.

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