July 6, 2010
Run-stuffer, weed-eater Carson delights Vols
Allan Carson is spending his summer in his native Oxford, Ala., working for the City of Oxford Street Department, helping rid public areas of weeds.
Funny, since Carson is firmly planted in the middle of his Oxford High School Yellow Jackets defensive line and on Tuesday night told University of Tennessee coaches he would do the same with his collegiate career on Rocky Top. Carson, whose first offer came from the Vols' coaches, informed Lance Thompson of his decision tonight and expected to speak with first-year coach Derek Dooley moments after discussing his decision with VolQuest.com.
"I work for the city street department of Oxford. We just weed-eat, go out and weed-eat all the curbs and stop-signs, light poles, all that," said the 6-foot-1, 308-pounder. "Yes sir [Carson committed to the Vols]. I just love the coaches and love the opportunity. I was just thinking about it today, someone asked me about it. Someone asked me today in the park, it's a recreational park with a lake, and someone asked me how's the recruiting process. I said, 'It really doesn't matter. I'm going to Tennessee.
"I talked to Lance. He said I made his night."
Carson delighted many in the Big Orange Nation with his commitment, which fills both a position of need and furthers the recruiting momentum the Vols have flashed in recent weeks. For the standout run-stuffer, the decision also eases his mind.
"Yeah, it's pretty big. I've had my mind set on Tennessee for the longest time," said Carson, his offer sheet having swelled to nine with several additional schools showing serious interest. "I don't know why I was waiting. I'm happy I got it out of the way."
Carson, following the model that Dooley has established, already has visited the UT campus three times and will do so again in the fall in an official capacity.
"They didn't put any pressure on me, really," Carson explained. "Yeah [he liked that approach by Vols' coaches]. (Tennessee) was my first offer. I was ecstatic. And then I started developing a relationship with all the coaches. I loved Chuck (Smith, UT's defensive line coach) from the first time I talked to him. I started forming a relationship with them, and they were all really cool."
Carson, who would like to play his senior season for the Yellow Jackets at between 295-300 pounds, also has some very ambitious goals he's established for the coming year.
"I hope to be the best defensive player in the state," he said. "I've been doing a lot of running, agility, stuff that's helping my explosion. I'm doing a lot of work with my coach, coach (Todd) Bates. He's a former Alabama and Tennessee Titans player, and he's really helping me a lot. I'm doing hand drills, everything that can help me."
Carson, nicknamed 'Tug Boat,' is a three-star prospect by Rivals.com and could project to a nose tackle for the Vols if defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox deploys a 3-4 scheme on a regular basis.
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