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Wednesday, April 24, 2013
2015 RB Patrick Carr is a rising star

By Sam Khan Jr.

THE WOODLANDS, Texas — For the first half of the 2012 season, The Woodlands (Texas) High School coach Mark Schmid and his staff were cautious with running back Patrick Carr.

Considering that he was just a sophomore who was in his first varsity season, they wanted to ease the 5-foot-8, 175-pound running back into life as the bell cow for a Texas Class 5A program. Ideally, they would have groomed Carr with a senior starter in front of him, but that plan went out the window when their senior his ACL in spring football and would have to miss the year.

Patrick Carr
Class of 2015 running back Patrick Carr has visited Texas and Texas A&M this spring.
Finally in October, seven games into the season, Schmid decided it was time to take the shackles off their budding star and turn the 2015 prospect loose. So against rival Lufkin (Texas) High School, with no limits on carries or touches, Carr exploded for 247 yards in a 49-21 win.

From that point on, Carr never looked back.

"That was his awakening," Schmid said. "That's when he emerged."

That game started a streak of five consecutive games in which Carr ran for more than 200 yards. In the process, he became the first running back in program history to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season, finishing with 2,021 and 18 touchdowns on 224 carries, an impressive nine yards per tote.

"It's a blessing because a lot of people don't get this opportunity," Carr said. "Everything I do, I thank God for because without him, I wouldn't even be here right now in the spot that I am. I just thank my family for the support. It's an honor to [have that distinction]."

Colleges are beginning to take notice of Carr. This spring he has made unofficial visits to both Texas and Texas A&M. He visited the Longhorns for their sophomore day and was impressed by what he saw.

"It was amazing," Carr said. "Their facilities are nice. Everything's in one area."

He also enjoyed the chance of meeting running backs coach Larry Porter and sitting in on a film session.

"I met with the running backs coach," Carr said. "We went into the meeting room with the running backs and watched video and all that stuff. It was cool."

On April 5, he ventured to College Station, Texas, to see Texas A&M and take in the "Friday Night Lights" scrimmage.

"It was a good experience," Carr said. "I like their weight room and stuff. It's nice. [The football complex] is still under construction so it's getting nice."

Carr was also impressed by the presence of a live disc jockey, DJ Double R, who was playing music over the Kyle Field loudspeakers that night.

"It was amazing," Carr said. "You weren't even expecting that. You're wondering 'Where is this coming from?' The DJ was playing the whole time. I just liked that. It was pretty cool."

His first offer hasn't arrived but with The Woodlands cranking up spring football next week and coaches sure to be coming by, don't be surprised to see it happen sooner rather than later for Carr. The last running back in The Woodlands program to have great success that early in his high school career is former four-star back Daniel Lasco, who is now at California. Carr said he looked up to Lasco when he was playing youth football in the South County Football League.

Schmid calls Carr the "hardest-working kid I think we've had around here," both on the field and in the classroom. On the field, there are many reasons why he found quick success.

"He's got good speed...balance and how tough he is to tackle are the things that make him the type of back he is," Schmid said. "And he's physical. He's only 175-177 pounds, but he's physical. He will lower his shoulders and run over you, drive through you. Tough to tackle."

Carr is currently competing in track and field and helped his team reach the regional championships in the 400-meter relay and 800-meter relay while also advancing individually in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.83 seconds. It's all a little surreal for Carr, who hoped for success and the chance to get recruited, but didn't know it'd come so quickly.

"When I was small, I wasn't even expecting this to happen at this age," Carr said. "It's crazy. It's a terrific feeling."