Even though he won't even be playing the position this coming season, it doesn't take much to see that Milpitas (Calif.) athlete Brandon Carswell is one of the elite wide receiver prospects in the West region. He was great catching passes as a junior and at the various summer camps but Carswell will be playing quarterback as a senior.
We didn't know a lot about Carswell prior to the NIKE Camp at Stanford last May. The 6-1, 175 pound receiver clocked a 4.54-40, 4.21 shuttle and jumped 32 inches in the vertical. He was even more impressive in the position drills showing a very nice combination of speed, route running and hands and physically overmatched every defensive back he went up against.
After the camp, we checked out Carswell's film and were even more impressed and wondered how this kid could have ever been a sleeper. The athlete caught 32 balls for 711 yards and 11 touchdowns, several in acrobatic fashion. He also had impressive camp performances at USC and at Cal and his recruitment has taken a big jump since the Spring started.
"I have four offers right now," Carswell said. "Arizona State, Oregon, Idaho and UNLV. Utah and Fresno State also sound like they're very close to offering as well. Both USC and Cal liked me at their camps and told me they just want me to work on my academics a little before they do something.
"I'm good on my test score, I scored a 980 on the SAT so I just have to work on improving my core classes a little. I just finished up summer school with an A and a B so that should help. UCLA is another school I'm starting to hear from and I like them a lot. We've had some players from my school who went there and they always tell me how great it is and their WR coach D.J McCarthy just invited me to come out and watch one of their practices.
"Right now, my plan is to take all five of my trips. I know it might be hard to get them all in but that's what I would like to do. I want to take them during the season too because I'm planning to do basketball this year so I want to have them out of the way before basketball. I know I want to visit Oregon and ASU for sure. I would also like to trip to UCLA and USC. I like Cal too and I could either take an unofficial visit there because it's fairly close or use an official for it."
Carswell will move back to quarterback this season, the position he played as a sophomore. Still he's not concerned the position switch will affect his recruitment.
"I'm not worried about that," Carswell said. "If anything, I think it will show the colleges that I'm versatile enough to play more than one position and that I'm the kind of player willing to sacrifice for the team. I think it will be fun, we're going to run the Texas offense, a lot of shotgun, one back type stuff so I'll be Vincent Young back there, that should be cool."