After a whirlwind spring that culminated with over 20 scholarship offers, we sat down with talented defensive lineman Daniel Carson out of Independence, Mo. to see what he’s been up to since taking in the Huskers’ Red-White Spring Game last April.
Nebraska made Carson’s top list of schools back in May and continue to find themselves in good shape to land the gifted lineman as summer winds down. With offers from the likes of Alabama, Oklahoma, Notre Dame and Ohio State, Carson has become a hot commodity this year and will be a valuable pickup for whatever school he pledges to.
No interviews please. Respect my Decisions! pic.twitter.com/g2k0f68Axw
— Daniel Carson ® (@sports__finest) May 24, 2017
Once set to have a busy summer, Carson scaled things back by canceling summer visits to Oklahoma and TCU in order to help focus of his home life and prepare for his senior year of high school at William Chrisman. While visits have slowed down, he keeps in regular contact with several different coaches.
“I just haven’t been focused or concerned with recruiting right now. Just focusing on some stuff at home. I talk with coach Riley from Nebraska and (Lincoln Riley) Oklahoma. Sometimes Coach Meyer at Ohio State and coach Campbell at Iowa State”.
When asked about the new early official visit rules that go into effect for 2019 prospects, Carson indicated that they would have been something he likely would have taken advantage of to help make some additional visits to see schools and coaching staffs across the country.
“Yes, I would have used it. I will use my visits wisely and it will be a fun experience wherever I take all my visits, I’m sure of it.”
Not tipping his hand, Carson revealed that he has several visits in mind for this fall but only one he was willing to disclose right now: Nebraska.
“Well I will for sure be visiting Nebraska but the others I would prefer to keep within my mind”
While that’s great news for the Huskers, they face stiff competition this fall as TCU, Ohio State and Oklahoma are all pursuing him hard. Even though they didn’t make his top 11 or garner much conversation, keep an eye out for the home state Missouri as the Tigers are pushing hard to try to keep one of the best recruiting classes state history at home.
One of the things that stood out during our conversation was the maturity and humility Carson showed throughout our interview. He answered each question with a polite, “yes sir, no sir” before elaborating an answer in greater detail.
Despite his soft spoken nature, Carson is primed to have another big senior season and has already developed a strong desire to share his time and love with those around him.
“I want to break all my school’s records in every sport that I can. I want to lead my team to a state title and I want to be frequently in the community helping out as much as I can. Whether it’s kids or serving the less fortunate I will be there.”
“I love where I’m from and I want to be able to show love through kids and impacting and moving them, as well as my own little brother. I want to give hope, love and spark back to the communities in Missouri. I think all kids and families deserve chances (and) I feel it’s up to me to give those to them.”
Whoever winds up landing the talented Carson is getting a terrific football player and an even better student-athlete. Look for him to make an impact both on the field and off throughout his college football career.
“It’s crazy to think (college) is being taken care of and so early at such a high rate. Unbelievable schools have reached out to me and powerhouses have offered me. It’s crazy because I didn’t think I was really that good enough to catch an eye of a top program but having God in my life helped me and it made me who I am too. I’m grateful and mostly humbled with these great opportunities.”
Check back to Husker Hype as Carson’s recruitment ramps back up after a quiet summer and he begins to set dates for his official visits.
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