UGA, which has struggled with recruiting a top running back in this year’s class because of big names already on the team at the position, may be zeroing in on an Atlanta area product.
Former Parkview High School running back Chris Carson, who now plays at Butler junior college, said he was offered a football scholarship by UGA on Thursday. Carson said that he will take an official visit with the Bulldogs on Saturday.
“I talked with Coach McClendon, and he told me they really want a running back that’s my size,” Carson told the AJC. “He told me how they needed running backs because last year they ran out of them after all the injuries.
“He said he needed a running back with my size and my speed. He just wanted me to come take a visit this Saturday, so I told him I would. Then he told me I had an offer.”
How did Carson feel about the UGA offer? “I was happy about it,” he said. “It’s always big to get a Georgia offer when you’re from there and have lived there your whole life. “
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Carson committed to South Florida as a senior at Parkview in 2013, but ended up going to Butler because he was not an academic qualifier. Carson said UGA’s Mark Richt stopped by Parkview a few weeks before signing day that year to tell him that the Bulldogs would be interested after he finished his two-year degree.
Carson also has current offers from Iowa State, Cincinnati, Colorado State and Utah State.
He named UGA and Iowa State as his leaders, and he is scheduled to take an official visit to Iowa State at the end of August.
“I feel like the SEC has great competition,” Carson said. “I feel like Georgia is a good place for me to come in and play running back there. I know Todd Gurley is probably going to be in the NFL draft by the time I get there, and maybe Keith Marshall, too.”
What does Carson like about Iowa State? “The coaches. I talked to every coach on the staff. I have a good connection with all of them. I have some teammates playing there, and they said that they really like it. I feel like the program is starting to rise up.”
Carson said he will finish his two-year degree this spring, and enroll at a four-year college by the summer. He will have three seasons to play two.
UGA is loaded at running back this year, along with Gurley and Marshall. There’s also a pair of incoming 5-star freshmen signees with Nick Chubb and Sony Michel.
UGA has offered a dozen prospects at running back or all-purpose back for 2015, including McEachern’s Taj Griffin (committed to Oregon), former Norcross standout Alvin Kamara (committed to Tennessee) and Georgia Military junior college’s Jovon Robinson (committed to Auburn).
Note: 247sports.com’s Jake Rowe reported that Carson’s academic transcript has to be reviewed by UGA before it is considered a “committable offer”
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