Junior to Watch: Greg Carr
School: Citra (Fla.) North Marion
Position: Wide Receiver/Safety
Size and speed: Carr is 6-foot-5, weighs 200 pounds and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.55 seconds. He also has a 36-inch vertical leap.
Statistics: As a junior, he caught 35 passes for 700 yards and nine touchdowns.
Honors: Was selected Class 3A all-state by the FSWA.
Favorite Schools: Florida State, Michigan State, Florida, Miami, Georgia, Virginia, N.C. State.
Skinny: Big receivers who can run are always a hot commodity, and Citra (Fla.) is home to one of the South’s best in Greg Carr.
The North Marion star already has scholarship offers from Florida State, Michigan State and East Carolina, and many more are likely to be on the way. He’s also receiving interest from Florida, Miami, Georgia, N.C. State, Auburn, Nebraska, Virginia and Mississippi State, among others.
“We’ve heard from every major program in this part of the country, and several from all over,” North Marion coach Craig Damon said. “By the end of spring, I think everybody’s going to want this kid.
“He’s a big, rangy kid who can really run. He’s aggressive and goes after the ball real well. He’s got exceptional leaping ability. He’s also a basketball player, so he’s got all those traits. There just aren’t too many players who can match up with him physically. You get one of these 5-10, 5-11 corners on him, and they don’t have a chance if the quarterback does his job.”
As a junior, Carr was more of a complementary piece in North Marion’s offense. Damon plans to change that this season.
“We had a 1,700-yard rusher last season, so we probably kept it on the ground 70 percent of the time,” he said. “This year, we’re going to spread it out more and throw the ball to Greg quite a bit more.”
Academically, Carr “has some work to do,” according to Damon, but “should be OK. He’s an intelligent kid.”
Carr plans to attend the Nike combine at Florida on April 13. He hasn’t finalized his summer camp plans, but Florida State is likely one of the destinations as an early favorite.