November 20, 2008

2010 Arizona safety picks up early Pac-10 offer

Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton safety Devon Carrington became the second player in Arizona from the class of 2010 to report a scholarship offer this week.

Carrington is one three Arizona players in the Rivals250 Watch List for the 2010 class.

After starting at cornerback as a sophomore Carrington moved to safety this year. So far this season he has totaled 53 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions.

"Stanford offered me [Tuesday]," Carrington said. "Coach Belles, my head coach came down and got me out of lunch to tell me. I am very excited about it, definitely very excited.

"I did get to talk to Coach Harbaugh, right after I found out and I was able to give him a call. The conversation went really well. He said that he really liked the way that I play, my style and how I come up and make big hits and everything."

Hamilton has developed into one of the best programs in Arizona since it opened ten years ago. The Huskies have five players from the class of 2009 reporting offers.

Three of those players are committed to Pac-10 programs, including wide receiver and Stanford commit Drew Terrell.

"Yes, I have spoken about Stanford with Drew," Carrington said. "Stanford was already a school I was looking at. Mainly for its academics. Academics are very big for me. Stanford offering me first shows me they have a lot of interest in me and it definitely puts them as a leader.

"The other schools that I have been looking at are Cal, ASU, USC and North Carolina. I have been hearing the most from Stanford, Cal, UCLA, ASU, Colorado and Pittsburgh."

Carrington was born in North Carolina and eventually moved to Arizona when he was five. His mother is from Pittsburgh area. He has developed an interest in programs outside of the region as a result of his background, and doesn't believe that in the end location will be much of a factor.

"The most important factors besides academics will be the coach, the program and the campus life," Carrington said.

Carrington is just beginning to way his options and when it comes time to make a decision it will be a family one.

"I am still really not too sure on when," Carrington said. "My family and I believe that we would like to make an early commitment. I really don't know yet. We still want to weigh all of the options."

The 6-foot-1 187-pounder also plays basketball and runs track for Hamilton. His focus for the moment is on football and the state playoffs. This week Hamilton faces cross-city rival Chandler in the second round of the 5A1 state playoffs. It is rematch of game from just two weeks ago that Hamilton won 41-26.

"We are looking forward to the game," Carrington said. "We know them well. They are from just right down the street. We are pretty much neighbors. We feel real good about our chances but we need to be ready and take it one game at a time."


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