December 2, 2007

Deveron Carr commits to Sun Devils on visit

Deveron Carr, a standout two-way senior at Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral High School committed to Arizona State while on his official visit over the weekend over offers from Arizona and Colorado State.

"Arizona, Tucson, and Colorado State, they're just too far out of my range, period," Carr said following the decision. "I wanted to stay close to home and my mom loved it at ASU and wanted me to go there, especially after seeing all the academic program things they had. I really like that, I liked how it was set up.

"The coaching staff was real cool. Everything was great. Why wouldn't I want to go to ASU?"

Carr was a key player for Chaparral in its 10-3 season, which came to an end Friday in a 12-6 loss to Saguaro.

He was largely overlooked and unknown as a prospect until his senior season, when he transferred to the program from Cesar Chavez High School, where he played in just two games last season due to a broken hand.

This season, Carr has rushed for 872 yards and eight touchdowns on 93 carries and caught eight passes for 141 yards and two additional scores. Defensively he has 22 tackles and three interceptions.

Arizona State and Arizona offered scholarships and Carr's decision came down to the two in-state programs. He was scheduled to visit Arizona officially following his trip to ASU, but said that would no longer happen.

"I didn't commit until earlier today when I talked to coach Erickson," Carr said. "Me and my mom and coach Erickson and coach Stretz were in the room and I just committed. I feel better now. There is less stress. I can just focus on what I gotta do now. Go to school, lift weights, not have to worry about answering my phone for all the coaches and everyone."

The Sun Devils are recruiting the 6-foot, 185 pound Carr to play cornerback. He clocked a 4.34 hand-timed 40-yard dash at a combine earlier this year, and has a nice frame with long arms.

"The season's going well, that's all I can say," Carr said several days before the season-ending loss to Saguaro. "I really don't get threatened like throwing the ball to my side. I'm not going to take it like that's bad. I just take it like it's good. It's me doing something right if they don't want to throw the ball my way."

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