One of Virginia's most exciting offensive players now has three offers from major college programs with more to come. He was injured this summer and couldn't take any visits, but he's poised for a great senior campaign.
Earlier in the recruiting year, Virginia sat atop Antwain Carey's list of leaders. Things have since evened out, and five schools are currently in a deadlock.
"UVA, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Marshall and East Carolina are my leaders," said the 6-foot-0, 205-pound running back from Chesapeake (Va.) Deep Creek. "They're all about even at this point. I'm going to start learning more about their schools and programs. I'm anxious to find out more about each school so things can clear up a little bit."
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Carey is now sitting on three scholarship offers, and all are from strong programs.
"Virginia Tech, NC State and Syracuse have offered me," he said. "East Carolina has pretty much told me they're thinking about offering me, and they probably will.
"Virginia Tech, Syracuse and ECU are recruiting me the hardest. They're sending me the most mail and staying in touch just about every day.
Back in his sophomore season, Carey fractured his left foot. It has recently given him more problems, and his doctor told him to stay off it until July 24th. Is this a recurring problem, and is it preventing some schools from offering?
"No, this is the first time it's given me trouble since back then in my sophomore year," he said. "It feels fine right now, but it was a good decision not to go to any camps or visits or anything. There will be more time for that.
"I think it would be fine right now, but the doctor knows what's best for it. I'll be 100-percent for my senior season and I'm sure it won't give me any problems. Coaches haven't seemed concerned about it."
Carey would like to wait to make his decision until later in the recruiting process. Carey ran for over 1,100 yards for Deep Creek and was named Southeastern District Offensive Player of the Year as a junior.