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2023 Multi-Sport Athlete Jackson Carver Receives Pitt Offer, Plans Upcoming Visit



The term great is thrown around a lot these days but it’s not an exaggeration to describe Jackson Carver as a great athlete.

Carver was a skilled hockey player growing up in Minnesota and also was a standout in lacrosse, which he has played since sixth grade. Last year, Carver and his family made the move from Woodbury, Minnesota to Culver, Indiana and he picked up a new sport. For the first time in his life, Carver played organized football at The Culver Academies High School.

That decision was a good one because despite playing just one year, Carver has attracted the attention of a number of Power Five programs including the Pitt Panthers, which extended him an offer Thursday evening. Along with Pitt, 6-foot-6, 220-pound tight end has received offers from West Virginia, Boston College, Duke, Indiana, Iowa State, Kentucky, Minnesota, Purdue, Virginia Tech and a handful of Ivy League schools.

“Before receiving the offer, I’ve been in touch with a number of coaches from Pitt’s staff, mostly Coach Salem, who was the one who offered me,” Carver tells Pittsburgh Sports Now. “He told me straight up and right away on our call and it was very exciting. Pitt is coming off a great year and it’s a great school as well. I’m definitely going to look at them and actually going to go visit them on March 4. I’m looking forward to that. I would definitely consider myself a two-way tight end, in terms of being able to catch and block. This was my first year of football, so I believe a big upside to me is my potential. I’m still learning the game and trying to improve every day. I believe I’m a great receiving threat and can also block bigger guys on the line.”

Athletes start at an early age to try and develop their skills and become good enough to earn a D-1 scholarship in any sports. Carver was able to do that in two sports, the second of which he only has played one year.

“Growing up in Minnesota, I played hockey from the end of summer to the beginning of spring. I never had time for football, but I’ve always wanted to play. I transferred to Culver the second half of my junior year and that was the first time in fall that I wasn’t going to be playing hockey. It was the one time that I could play football, so I did, I went all in, and I found a new passion and never looked back. I was previously committed to Notre Dame to play lacrosse, I also played a high level of hockey, so I’ve always played and competed against a high level of athletes. I believe I have a competitive edge that allows me to succeed.”

“I love the physicality of football,” said Carver. “In hockey and lacrosse, they’re both physical sports but I’ve always been penalized for being over physical. In football, it allows me to let loose and have fun while still being as physical as I can.”

Pitt will become Carver’s first unofficial visit so like football last year, this will all be new to him but he’s looking forward to learning more about the football and academic side of Pitt.

“First and foremost, I’m looking for a school that’s going to help develop me to the fullest of my potential, both athletically and academically. School is very important to me. I don’t know much about Pitt’s academics, so I’m definitely interested in knowing more about them. I also want to learn about Pitt’s coaching style and be able to see their team culture in order to be able to make a decision.”

After his visit to Pitt, Carver tells PSN that in March, he’ll also be visiting Iowa, Wisconsin, LSU, Boston College and Kentucky.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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