Lanell Carr, a defensive end/linebacker from St. Louis, came to Georgia Tech this past week for an unofficial visit and enjoyed himself so much, he’s planning to return on an official visit in June.
“I can see myself at Georgia Tech for sure,” Carr said.
Carr made the 550-mile trip with his family to attend spring practice Thursday morning. He stayed until late in the afternoon, taking a tour of campus and the football facilities and visiting with coach Geoff Collins and other members of his staff.
“Coach (Collins) showed me a lot of love,” Carr said. “It felt like home.”
Carr announced his scholarship offer from Tech on March 19. He has quickly established a relationship with defensive ends and outside linebackers coach Marco Coleman, his primary recruiter, in that time. Carr said that “they said they liked me because I’m athletic for my size, I can drop back in coverage and I can rush.”
Of the visit, Carr said that he liked the environment and that he liked Tech’s city location. He also liked spending time with Collins.
“He’s a cool guy,” Carr said. “He’s very funny. He was cussing a lot.”
Carr said that Coleman told him that he would want him to play both defensive end spots, both as a standup edge rusher and in a three-point stance. Carr is 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds. His highlight video shows a player who played on the line (two- and three-point stance) and also at linebacker. He showed good tackling skills, good change of direction and an ability to close quickly. He also fits the “long” body type that Tech coaches prioritize.
Arkansas, West Virginia, Virginia Tech and Indiana are among other schools recruiting Carr, a rising senior at DeSmet Jesuit High in St. Louis. He is rated a three-star prospect, the No. 13 player in the state of Missouri and the No. 50 outside linebacker in the country (247Sports Composite). He said that he had one official visit scheduled, to West Virginia.
Carr said that Coleman told him that the team was going to sign five defensive lineman for the 2020 class. The Jackets have seven 2020 prospects committed thus far, none on the defensive line. Carr said that he’d like to make his decision before his senior season begins in August.
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