December 11, 2013

Carson could provide instant impact at TE

Tucked away in the small town of Messmer, Wisconsin, CMU commitment Jonathan Carson set plenty of goals for his team prior to the season. Playing for the co-op high school squad of Shorewood-Messmer, Carson aimed to lead his school(s) to their first conference title since 1947 (Messmer) and 1981 (Shorewood).

And he did just that.

Shorewood-Messmer finished the regular season with a 7-2 record, and a big part of that was their All-State tight end/defensive end.

"We had a pretty good season, definitely hit some of our goals," said Carson. "We won a conference title, but unfortunately we came up a little short in the first round of the playoffs. But overall it was a good season and we were able to learn a lot. Personally, I probably improved the most on the defensive side of the ball at DE. Just having more of a motor and learning to play both ways."

Carson, who has now bulked up to 6-foot-3 and 242 pounds, will now be taking his talent to Mount Pleasant where he will join the Chippewas. Although his size and athleticism may project at a number of positions, he has been told that tight end will be his starting spot. And tight end is a position where he could see some instant playing time.

"Yeah, I've just been recruited as a tight end," added Carson. "That's what they told me. And it would be exciting to see the field as freshman, but I also know that requires a lot of hard work and dedication. I just want to get up there and learn the offense and fit in with the team. And then just excel on the football field and also in the classroom."

While many of CMU's current commitments were able to make it up for official visits last weekend, Carson was unable to make it and will make his official in January. Despite being unable to make the trip, he has been able to keep in contact with several CMU commits.

"I've been in touch with Trent Grimes and Zach Oakley," said Carson. "We've texted a lot back and forth and really just been talking to each other since we met at camp."
When he does get to CMU, he will be joining a Chippewas squad that is coming off back to back bowl eligible seasons, even though they were unable to get an invite this year.

"I feel like CMU had a pretty good season, I was able to follow most of the games and keep tabs. They let the UNLV game slip away a little, but they were able to finish the season strong."

Carson also excels on the hardwood and will be suiting up for the Greyhounds basketball program this season. As a junior he averaged 13 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists.

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