SAN PABLO, Calif. – Darren Carrington’s star continues to rise and it got a little bit brighter on Sunday at the Oakland Nike Football Training Camp. Already Carrington had attended the NFTC stop in L.A. but he came back looking for more over the weekend and he got it, earning the wide receiver MVP award.
Carrington's size and fluidity proved a tough matchup for defenders Sunday.
The big pass-catcher out of San Diego (Calif.) Horizon Christian made a last minute trip up to Oakland and made the trip worth the effort. The hope for Carrington was to earn an invite to Nike’s prestigious national invitational event, The Opening and though that hasn’t come yet, he has put himself in a great position to do just that.
Heading into the event, Carrington’s offer list had been growing rapidly. With around 15 offers in hand now, he’s starting to determine a few schools that he is more interested in than others. San
“Arizona State, they throw the ball, they get it out,” Carrington said after his MVP performance. “They spread you out and get it out. That looks like somewhere I can play and get some catches.
“I like Arizona. I don’t really know a lot about them but one of our [graduates] went there so I’m interested.”
In addition to Arizona State and Arizona, Carrington listed Colorado among his favorites as well as one east coast program.
“I’m liking anywhere,” he said. “I’m going to take my official visits and see what’s the best fit for me but right now, it’s been the Pac-12 that has looked the best and Boston College. The BC coaches were nice and they seem to throw the ball around a lot.”
On Tuesday, Carrington entertained a visit from Vanderbilt and the Commodores extended him his first SEC offer. That offer also sits high in Carrington’s esteem as he plans to learn more about the program.
In addition to his offers, Carrington has two schools that seem close that have caught his eye. Both Michigan and Oregon stopped by Carrington’s school last Friday and indicated that an offer could be in the works.
“Oregon doesn’t offer until you go on a visit but I’m going to camp there in June and see what happens,” he said.
Michigan also could get a camp visit this summer but the Wolverines indicated that an offer could come without a visit.
On Sunday, Carrington showed off his outstanding hands, route-running ability, stride and length at wide receiver. A 6-3 prospect that is still growing, Carrington could still be a national sleeper, even at 15 offers.