June 23, 2006

Carswell reeling them in

So let's say you're a receiving prospect who didn't catch 50 passes for 1,000 yards as a junior in 2005. Who cares right? Right. The best bet for any Div. I prospect to catch the eye of recruiting coaches is not through total numbers but rather their skills during the spring individual and team camps that take place every year. Impressive Milpitas (Calif.) wide receiver Brandon Carswell is definitely one player who did that.

Just two months ago, Carswell garnered little to no attention. He was just another prep receiver in NorCal. But after attending numerous camps, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound receiver is now hearing from schools almost on an every day basis. One of the best route runners in Northern California, with polished skills, Carswell's recruiting has taken a sharp turn lately. After performing exceptionally well at the Palo Alto NIKE camp in May, Milpitas' top pass-catcher has seen numerous schools jump into his mix.

Carswell recorded excellent marks during the camp - 4.52 second 40-yard dash, 32 inch vertical, and 4.21 second 40 yard shuffle - all of which has led to three scholarship offers. They came within moments after his performance, as Oregon, Idaho, and UNLV are schools first to jump on Carswell's stock.

"I feel my route running, and my ability to go up and get the ball are my greatest strengths as a player right now," Carswell said. "I play a lot of positions on the field, but I enjoy the wide receiver position the most. It's just something about the way receivers are today, the cockiness and just the ability to score on defenders and make big plays."

Along with the three schools mentioned above, Carswell also has some others on his mind as well.

"I would say Washington, Cal, and Utah are also the schools that I really like right now," he said. "Location definitely won't be a factor when I make my decision, only where I feel most comfortable playing."

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