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Minneapolis (Minn.) De La Salle three-star defensive end Drayton Carlberg now boasts four scholarship offers, with his most recent coming last week from Illinois.
"They just started talking to me a week before they offered me, so it was kind of out of nowhere," Carlberg said. "They watched my film and messaged me on Facebook. They said they really liked me on both sides of the ball, but offered me as a defensive lineman."
The 6-foot-5, 270-pound Carlberg is open to playing either side of the football in college, but said he does enjoy the speed of defense a little more.
"They said I am pretty fast off the ball and they really liked that about me," Carlberg said. "I am very versatile and can play both sides of the ball, so if one side doesn't work they can always put me on the other."
Carlberg has plans to follow up the offer from Illinois with a visit to their campus next month.
"On March 8 I am going to Illinois for their junior day," Carlberg said. "I want to see if they have my major and then see the campus. I have never been to Champaign, Ill., never witnessed their school or campus, so that is all new to me."
Minnesota was the most recent school that Carlberg has visited and the Gophers have also offered a scholarship. His first two offers came in from Rutgers and Pittsburgh last fall.
"I still have been hearing quite a bit from Pittsburgh and Rutgers," Carlberg said. "They have been staying in contact and ask me how I am doing."
Additional schools are showing interest in the two-way lineman and he is planning to check out a pair of West Coast schools in the future.
"This spring or summer I am probably going to head out to Oregon," Carlberg said. "They also like me on both sides of the ball and haven't picked which side they want me to play. After I go to Oregon I am going to go to Stanford right after that."
A three-star prospect who is rated as the No. 26 defensive tackle in the country, Carlberg has no timetable for a decision and will let the process play out.
Josh Helmholdt is the Midwest Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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