December 14, 2010

Carson concentrates on coming to college

Fresh off the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic in Mobile, Ala., defensive tackle Allan Carson was able to look back on his week of practice with a smile, although he wishes he would have performed better in Alabama's double-overtime win over Mississippi.

"It went well. I had a pretty good week of practice and then in the game it didn't go as I planned it to go, but it went fine, it went alright," the Tennessee commitment said.

The All-Star game will be the last game of his high school career, but the happy ending was a needed one as Carson and Oxford were eliminated from the playoffs by Gadsden City in a 23-21 loss just over a month ago. Aside from that, Carson was happy about his senior season.

"I had a really good season, but we had a disappointing loss to Gadsden City in the second round and it ended my season," Carson said.

Although the ending to the season was a disappointing one, Carson more than chipped in to help his Yellow Jacket defense as he finished with more than 70 tackles, 36 tackles for loss and 12 sacks.

With a productive season in the trenches now behind him, Carson is hard at work preparing to be able to contribute to a Tennessee front-four that will lose three senior starters. He's been in contact with defensive line coach Chuck Smith and linebackers coach Lance Thompson and the two have helped prepare Carson to be in shape for when he arrives in the summer.

"They've just been trying to keep me on a regimen so I can just stay right for when I come down there, because they plan on me playing right away so I need to have a great offseason right now," Carson said.

Since he committed in July of last year, recruiting has slowed down a lot for Carson.

"It's been nice. A lot of other schools have backed off since I have committed. They've stopped calling, so I've just been 100-percent Tennessee and there's been no question about it," Carson said.

It made it easy to be 100 percent when Carson was at four of the Vols home games, making appearances in Knoxville for the Oregon, Florida, Alabama and Ole Miss games. He said each visit was a good one and the Vols fans were a big part of that.

"It was great. Our high school stadium only holds about 6,000 or 7,000 people and when you see 100,000 people come together in one setting and cheer for one team, it's about as crazy and hectic as it can get. I love it," Carson said.

Along with being excited to play in Neyland Stadium, the 6-foot, 320-pound defensive lineman said he is ready for the challenges that being a normal college student brings.

"I'm looking forward to the college life. It's something that everyone tells me about and says it's fun, but it's challenging because you're on your own. It's just something that I'm ready to experience, the college life in general," Carson added.

Along with his Tennessee visit scheduled for Jan. 14, Carson said he will take a few other visits with teammate and friend Bobby McCain, just to have some fun during the process.

"I plan on taking one to Memphis and one to Auburn. I'm taking the visits with my friend Bobby, but we just plan on having fun on those visits," Carson said.

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