After shooting down the rumors of a possible de-commitment last week, four-star wide receiver Darren Carrington (San Diego, Calif./Horizon Christian) was more interested in talking about his future on the field.
As the best athlete on his team, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Carrington has spent time all over the field in the past, but this year he hopes to concentrate more on his future position.
"I have played everything in the past. I played quarterback last year because the team needed it. I will do whatever it takes to win but I know that my biggest strength is being a wide receiver," Carrington said.
After a successful camp circuit, including an invite to Nike's The Opening in July, Carrington has become a household name and he wouldn't have it any other way.
"I guess I like having expectations on me. My dad (also named Darren Carrington) was an NFL player, so I have always been looked at as someone who should be, too. Call it pressure if you want. Whatever it is, I thrive on it and believe in my abilities every time I step on the field," Carrington said.
Carrington has seen his star rise in recent months and hopes to take it to another level this fall.
"I want to play receiver all year and break all of the receiving records in San Diego. There have been a lot of great players to come out of here and I want to match or exceed anything they ever did during my senior year," Carrington said. "I want people to notice that I am a great player and not just my father's son. Mostly I just want to prove to myself that I can do it. I work hard and I won't settle for anything less than my best. I want to be the best to ever lace them up."
While he isn't overly concerned with what others think, Carrington is hoping to catch the eye of the national all-star games in order to earn an invitation to one of the prestigious events.
"I really want to go to the Under Armour Game. I know there a lot of great players out there, especially at wide receiver, but I feel like I'm right there with them. I want to show how much better I can be and earn an invite so I can show everyone that I deserve to be there."
If Carrington were to earn an invitation to the Under Armour Game he would join two of Oregon's other commits. Dontre Wilson (DeSoto, Texas) and Evan Voeller (West Linn, Ore./West Linn) are both scheduled to play in the game at the end of the season.
Wilson and Carrington have been in touch after meeting at The Opening in July.
"He's a good guy and a great player. He is so explosive and he fits the Oregon system perfectly. He's going to do big things in that offense," Carrington said.
Wilson isn't the only Ducks commit that Carrington has been in touch with as he plans on getting to know his future teammates during the season.
"I've been in touch with [Oregon commit] Chris Seisay (American Canyon, Calif./American Canyon). I met him at the Nike camp and again at the Oregon camp. He has the lot of potential to become a great player. I'm excited about the commits we have. We all have big plans for our time in Eugene."