Georgia '21 FL RB - Lovasea Carroll (Transfer to ??)

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    Lovasea Carroll Receives an Ohio State Offer
    Ohio State extended an offer to four-star running back Lovasea Carroll on Sunday, the Georgia native announced via Twitter.

    Carroll attends IMG Academy in Florida, after his transfer earlier this summer, making him teammates with Ohio State commit Lejond Cavazos, who was excited to hear the news of his offer.

    At Warren County in Georgia, Carroll was the lead back as a sophomore in 2018. He carried the ball 143 times for 1,446 yards – averaging 10.1 yards per carry – and 19 touchdowns. He only caught four passes, but what makes those four catches impressive is that he averaged 29 yards per catch and his longest reception was 45 yards. Carroll was a big-play machine in Georgia.

    Carroll hits the hole hard, and if he catches a seam, no one will catch him.

    Transferring to IMG will provide an opportunity for Carroll to run for a top-10 program in the nation, after a handful of running backs graduated from the program after the 2018 season.

    Carroll is committed to South Carolina already, and after MarShawn Lloyd doubled down on his commitment to South Carolina, the Gamecocks are having unprecedented running back recruiting success.

    That success can be attributed to not only Will Muschamp but also to new South Carolina running backs coach Thomas Brown. Brown played his college ball at Georgia under Mark Richt, and he was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons. His first major running backs coaching position came in 2014, when he was hired by Wisconsin and coached Melvin Gordon during his 2,587-yard season. He was then hired by Richt at Georgia, where he coached Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. When Richt moved to Miami, Brown followed him for two seasons. He was hired by South Carolina in January.

    Carroll is the only commitment of South Carolina’s 2021 class, so it will take some work to get him to swing his commitment elsewhere. Ohio State believes it is possible or else it would not have offered.
     
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    Ohio State offers 2021 running back from IMG Academy
    It’s almost time for the Class of 2021 to take centerstage for Ohio State.

    The Buckeyes are pretty close to finished with their 2020 class, and as the calendar hits September, the onus turns to evaluating and recruiting the country’s best junior prospects.

    Though contact is hard to come by right now, there are still some players with enough game film to warrant an early scholarship offer. On Sunday, one such player earned an offer from Ohio State.

    That is South Carolina 2021 commitment Lovasea Carroll, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound athlete who hails from Warrenton (Ga.) but now lines up at running back for the IMG Academy. Carroll, the country’s eighth-ranked junior tailback, issued a verbal commitment to the Gamecocks back in April, but he has visited Auburn since and is still looking at programs like Georgia as well.

    Ohio State has been somewhat picky to this point when it comes to 2021 running backs. But as options dwindle in the 2020 cycle, expect to see an uptick in who is being offered in next year’s recruiting class.
     
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    Lovasea Carroll decommits from South Carolina
    In a move that is certainly more coincidental than directly related to his recent Ohio State offer, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) 2021 running back Lovasea Carroll backed off his commitment to South Carolina on Sunday and will re-open his recruitment.

    Carroll committed to the Gamecocks in April, but he has seen his recruiting profile grow considerably in the last few weeks. Aside from the Buckeyes offer he picked up last week, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound running back has also added an offer from Florida State and visited Auburn this summer after it offered him. He is the country’s eighth-ranked 2021 back.

    Originally from Warrenton, Ga., Carroll transferred to the IMG Academy in June. As a sophomore, he scored 19 touchdowns and rushed for almost 1,450 yards on just 143 carries and also collected 55 tackles playing linebacker.
     
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    Ohio State in the mix for recently offered 2021 running back
    The Buckeyes offered 2021 running back Lovasea Carroll about two months ago. At the time, the country’s eighth-ranked junior tailback was committed to South Carolina.

    Shortly after that scholarship offer came, Carroll reopened his recruitment, giving schools around the country a chance to get back into the mix for the services of the Georgia native who plays at the IMG Acadaemy in Bradenton, Fla.

    On Tuesday, he narrowed that list once again, cutting it down to a manageable eight teams.

    Carroll is one of just six junior running backs with an offer from Ohio State. He has not yet visited the Buckeyes, but he is no doubt being recruited by his teammate at IMG, Lejond Cavazos.
     
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    Lovasea Carroll talking to Ohio State regularly
    Last week, Lovasea Carroll trimmed his list of colleges to eight — and it still includes Ohio State for one of the country’s top 2021 running back prospects. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound junior at the IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) indicated that the group is getting harder to trim down every day as new schools work to get involved in his recruitment.

    “Recruiting is going good,” Carroll told Lettermen Row. “But that list is getting longer and longer.”

    The Buckeyes are keeping their place on it, though, because of the budding relationship between running backs coach Tony Alford and the country’s eighth-ranked running back.

    “I talk to Coach Alford every day,” he said. “I love the energy that he brings to the table and the way he prepares running backs for the NFL.”


    Ohio State, like the other 20 schools that have already offered Carroll a scholarship, loves the speed that the talented young tailback brings to the field. As fast as he is on the field, there’s no hurry to make another college decision after recently backing off a commitment he had previously issued to South Carolina. He wants to visit Columbus and check out the Buckeyes himself, even though he hears about them often from his teammate and Ohio State commitment Lejond Cavazos.

    But that trip won’t be happening any time soon.

    “I’ll probably not get up there until next summer,” Carroll said.
     
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    CARROLL SETS COMMIT DATE
    Less than a week after dropping his top five schools of South Carolina, Auburn, Georgia, Florida and Ohio State, four-star running back Lovasea Carroll announced that he has set a commitment date for Aug. 6.

    We have, of course, seen a number of commitment dates get set and then go by the wayside. But if Carroll ends up sticking with that commitment date, that means he will not have gotten the chance to check out an Ohio State game before making his college decision.

    Of those five schools, Ohio State is the only one Carroll has not visited for either a game day or a non-game day. After having said in the past that he had hoped to visit the Buckeyes in the summer, perhaps having a commitment date that is toward the end of summer would push a visit closer to the spring.

    When speaking with Rivals recruiting analyst Chad Simmons, Carroll talked about his relationship with Ohio State running backs coach Tony Alford, and for Eleven Warriors readers, it might sound pretty familiar to how many other recruits have talked about Alford:

    "I would like to get up to Columbus for a visit soon, then go back to a game in the fall," said Carroll. "Ever since I first talked to coach Tony Alford, I have really liked Ohio State.

    "Our first conversation stuck with me. It wasn't about football. It was about life, life after football and that meant a lot. Ohio State is a great program and they have a lot of great players, so I like that, but it is more about coach Alford."

    Carroll told Simmons that two of the three aspects in his college program that he is looking for is a strong relationship with the coaches (looks like his relationship with Alford is strong) and the right environment (he will still have to see for himself if Columbus fits that bill).

    Carroll also said that he is looking for a college with a good engineering program. For what it's worth, Ohio State has the highest-ranked engineering program among those five schools.

    In the U.S. News & World Report's rankings of undergraduate engineering programs, Ohio State is tied for 29th with four other schools, Florida is tied for 34th with three other schools, Auburn is tied for 54th with six other schools, and Georgia and South Carolina are tied for 108th with 10 other schools.
     
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