Pitt hosted 6-foot-2 inch Montverde Academy (FL) guard Marcus Carr this weekend. Carr, originally from Canada, has been a priority for Pitt head coach Kevin Stallings for quite some time.
“The visit went really well. I learned a lot of things about University of Pittsburgh this weekend that got me excited,” stated Carr. “I got to tour campus and saw the new facilities. The new floor on the court is really nice. I was told they will be updating the weight room and a few other facilities as well.”
“The football game was really fun. It was a great experience. My parents enjoyed the visit as well. They spent some time on academics and that was important to them.”
Carr tore his ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) shortly before his high school season a year ago. The injury may have caused trepidation with a number of coaches, but Stallings never wavered. He offered a scholarship to Marcus while at Vanderbilt and wasted little time offering once he accepted the head coaching position at Pitt.
Pitt, Missouri, Minnesota, Houston, Virginia Tech, Cincinnati and Rhode Island are amongst the schools vying for his services. He has no other official visits scheduled at the moment.
“Coach Stallings wants a change of tempo at Pitt. He wants to play a faster pace of basketball. They see me as a lead guard there that can help run their system,” he said. “They like what I can do with the ball in my hands.”
“People have labeled me a combo-guard because I scored a lot of points at the AAU level. I had to do that to help us win. I’m actually a great lead guard that can score and get my team involved.”
Carr is a very aggressive guard that knows how to get to the rim. He has a variety of mid-range shots and he’s an exceptional passer. Pitt fans watching highlights of Carr will be quickly reminded of former Panther Bradley Wanamaker.
“I and my parents really enjoyed the visit. We really liked everything we saw and heard. I don’t have any other visits scheduled at the moment,” he said. “We’re going to sit down and discuss things. There was a lot to get excited about at Pitt. We’ll discuss whether or not I make more visits or make a final decision.”
“Pitt made it very clear that they needed me and I would be a piece of their future.”
Carr is one of four targets that will soon be visiting Pitt. Blair Academy (NJ) guard Matt Turner, New Hampton Prep (NH) forward Kimani Lawrence and St. Andrews (RI) forward Aaron Wheeler will be visiting in the month of October.
Harry Psaros can be found on Twitter at @PittGuru