When Tra Carson sent out his junior season highlight film to Oregon, the coaching staff told him that they liked it but thought he was a step too slow to earn an offer.
So last off-season, the Texarkana (Texas) Liberty-Eylau running back worked on getting faster and after mailing his senior highlight film to Oregon again the Ducks liked it enough this time around to offer the 6-foot-1, 218-pound three-star prospect.
"They've been recruiting me since last spring when I first sent my junior film to them and at first they were saying they didn't think I was fast enough," Carson said. "Then they saw my senior film and they thought I improved and they offered me a scholarship.
"It made me work harder during the summer. I was thinking that not only Oregon was thinking that I wasn't fast enough but that other teams might be thinking the same thing so it made me work on my speed even harder."
Oregon has moved up for Carson, who said he's planning to take a visit to Eugene but hasn't worked out a specific date yet.
"I'm going to take a visit but I'm not sure when," Carson said. "(Oregon running backs) coach (Gary) Campbell said he's going to come down to Texarkana and we're going to set it up when he comes to visit."
Kansas, Louisiana Tech, Lousiana-Monroe, Louisville, Memphis, Minnesota, New Mexico, Northwestern, Tulsa, Utah and Wyoming have also offered Carson, who's rushed for 2,203 yards and 24 touchdowns this season. Liberty-Eylau finished 8-3 this season.
He is expected to take an official visit to Utah the weekend of Dec. 10 and has another trip scheduled to Kansas for Jan. 21. His visit to Oregon should be penciled in probably in the next few weeks.