December 9, 2012
OL Shakir Carr is a Chippewa
The Central Michigan football program received some more good news today when South Bend (Ind.) Clay offensive tackle Shakir Carr pledged his commitment to the Chippewas. Rated as a three star prospect and the No. 17 player in the state of Indiana, Carr chose CMU over offers from Ball State, Western Michigan, Bowling Green, Miami (OH) and Buffalo.
"All of the coaches I met there are caring people," said Carr on why he chose CMU. "They care about more than football, and they just want to see me go far in life. Coach (Kirby) Cannon was real excited when I told him, and he immediately set me up for a visit on the second weekend ofJanuary."
At 6-foot-5 and 292 pounds, Carr projects at a number of positions but told ChippewaCountry he will be coming to CMU as an offensive tackle. While he is an imposing figure on the football field, he lets his play do all the talking.
"I think I am very quiet and soft-spoken, but when other players on the team see me perform, it encourages them to work harder."
Carr drew rave reviews this summer at the Rivals/VTO Sports Ohio Elite 100 camp for his potential at the next level.
College coaches love long-armed and lean offensive tackle prospects, so they should be enamored with South Bend (Ind.) Clay offensive tackle Shakir Carr this spring and summer. Carr is legitimately 6-5 and checks in at a lean 275 pounds. He has a great frame for the offensive tackle position with the room to add several more pounds of good weight.
He also earned top performer honors on the offensive line when he camped at Michigan State.
Top performer: Shakir Carr - South Bend (Ind.) Clay: We have seen the 6-foot-4, 292-pound Carr several times this offseason and he continues to improve. On Saturday, he was the only offensive tackle to stone explosive defensive end Demetrius Cooper. Carr slid out and met Cooper before could exploit the outside with his speed, then was ready when Cooper countered to the inside. Several MAC schools have already offered Carr, but we expect BCS schools to start taking notice soon.
Carr joins fellow South Bend (Ind.) Clay teammate Wesley Thomas, who committed to the Chippewas on Saturday during his official visit. For both Thomas and Carr, it will help to have a familiar face on the team when they arrive next season.
"We had kind of talked about playing together, but we didn't plan on it."
He becomes the 20th commitment for CMU for the class of 2013, and is the fifth player listed as an offensive lineman. He is scheduled to make his official visit to CMU on the weekend of January 11th.
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