Missouri Defender Makes WVU Commitment
On a big football recruiting weekend at WVU that is yielding multiple commitments, hybrid defender Lanell Carr has beome the first to publicly announce his Mountaineer choice. He did so while wrapping up his official visit to West Virginia’s campus.
Carr, who hails from St. Louis, Missouri, is the sixth commitment in the Mountaineer Class of 2020, but that number is not expected to stay there for long. Mulitple tweets form the WVU coaching staff indicate more are on the way from visitors this weekend.
Carr is the second defensive end/ linebacker hybrid in the class, joining junor college defender S.L. McCall. Carr’s abilities point him to the bandit position at WVU, but he could also be a linebacker in Vic Koenning’s defense.
A first-team all-conference and all-district performer at De Smet Jesuit High School, Carr typically lined up in a two-point stance in a 4-2-5 look, similar to one of WVU’s new base looks, but would also have no problem in a three-point stance, or in a spot on the second level. His size and strength made him an effective rusher and tackler, but he also showed excellent athletic ability dropping into coverage. In nine games in 2017, he had 52 total tackles, 42 of which were solo. He followed that up with 50 stops (40 solo) in 2018, inclduing five sacks and an acrobatic interception. Thirteen of his tackles went for losses.
The rising need for mobile defenders who can fill multiple roles and combat the speed of spread offenses, Carr has racked up offers throughout the recruiting process. He had at least 25 offers, including Iowa State, Kansas State and Kansas in the Big 12.
West Virginia, perhaps now more than any school, is emphasizing the use of these hybrid players, and Carr is a perfect prototype for the kind of defender the Mountaineers want to attract. He plays with the strength and hitting ability of a middle linebacker, combining that with good speed and pursuit from his defensive end position.
When he signs, Carr will be the third WVU football player from the Show-Me State. Current Mountaineer Chase Behrndt and defensive back Corey Winfield, who transferred to WVU for a single season of play in 2017, also hail from Missouri.