When you’re a potential Division I recruit, getting recruited is a stressful process.
It all begins with the work that athletes put in to get themselves in position to get looked at by college programs. Then the pressure turns to patiently waiting for that first offer to come in and from there, it goes towaiting to hopefully receive “bigger” offers with the ultimate goal of getting noticed by a Power Five program.
That’s the situation Penn-Trafford 2021 athlete Ethan Carr finds himself in today as slowly but surely his offer list continues to increase. Following his offer on Monday from Army, Carr now sits with offers from Bowling Green, Kent State, Akron, Central Michigan, William & Mary and Army.
While some players are hoping for certain offers, Carr (6-foot-2, 205 pounds) is appreciative and excited for any offer he receives and the attention he’s getting from all those programs.
“I’m happy with everything that’s happening,” said Carr. “Obviously, going to college for free is going to college for free and you can’t beat that. To me, it doesn’t matter about the amount of offers I have, as long as I have that one that I’m comfortable with and ready to go to school there, that’s all that matters. I’m just going to remain patient with the entire process and see what happens.
“Honestly, I feel that the film that I’m putting out is D-I capable and I believe that I have the ability to play D-I football. But, it’s all up the college coaches and what they need and if I fit their system. I was sitting with that first offer from William & Mary and I was fine with that and both my family and I were excited. I have to admit, at the beginning, I was a little impatient at the beginning seeing other kids get big offers but I’m happy for them and we’ll see what my future holds.”
Aside from deciding on which school to choose, Carr will also have to decide on which position he’ll play at the next level as he’s athletic enough to play quarterback, wide receiver or linebacker.
“Since I started playing football, I’ve always played quarterback until my sophomore year so this was my second year playing wide receiver,” said Carr. “I needed to adapt pretty quickly to fit our system. However, this coming year, I’ll be playing quarterback. I’m telling college coaches that but they’re telling me we’ll have to wait and see and they’re all recruiting me as an athlete.”
Along with the colleges that have offered him, Carr has been in touch with a number of other programs including Pat Narduzzi and Pitt.
“The first meeting I had with them was with Karlo Zovko, their director of player personnel, he’s pretty well known. He invited me to the Miami game and that was my first college game visit. Then, I was invited to their Thanksgiving Day practice. I went there and had the chance to meet their wide receivers coach, Coach Beatty and went thru a film session with him. Most recently, Coach Whipple came into my school to meet with me and invited me to one of their camps this summer.”
It goes without saying that an offer down the line from Pitt would be huge for the local product but until then Carr is going to continue to work to get better for his final high school season.
Junior season! https://t.co/hd6kCZoAlM
— Ethan Carr (@emcpt_21) November 19, 2019
“The biggest thing for me and when I see all these guys getting recruited a big thing is they win and they win big games,” said Carr. “I want to be a better leader at Penn-Trafford and I want to win a section championship, a WPIAL championship and a state championship. For example, Daequan Hardy from Penn Hills didn’t have any offers until he won a state championship and that put him on the map and opened a lot of coaches eyes. Now, he’s at Penn State on a full scholarship.
Carr also tells me that another team that’s shown some interest is James Franklin and Penn State.
If his senior year goes the way he wants it to, Carr could be the next late-rising WPIAL star to end up at Power Five school.