Even though there aren’t any summer football camps being held around the country, commitments seem to still be following the typical timeline.
The Hawks gained their 5th commitment to the Class of 2021 last Friday when center Danny Carroll gave his pledge to Bubba Schweigert. Yes, five commitments is a few more than normal for early June but in the past most commitments did come in late June/July. So the timeline is fairly similar but if you’re a recruit and like a school, and they like you, there really isn’t much to wait around for this year.
— Danny Carroll (@dannycarroll31) June 5, 2020
Carroll, 6’1″-250, hails from Overland Park, KS and attends St. Thomas Aquinas High School. The Saints finished the 2019 season with an impressive 10-1 record – losing in the 5A state semi-finals.
On tape it is quite apparent that Carroll is a classic center. He is smaller at 6’1″-250 but is ultra-aggressive from the snap of the ball. He has a great get-off, firing out quickly to kick out a defensive tackle or shooting out to the linebacker and engaging him. Carroll will pull with ease at the collegiate level due to his quickness & outstanding footwork/balance. He gets into defenders and tries to finish them to the turf each and every time – love to see that.
He is already a standout in the weight room, as well, with a best of 320 in the bench press and 445 squat. Tidbit: Carroll’s father, Tom, played OL for Louisville in the early 90’s.
Carroll is also a dominant wrestler for the Saints, going 33-8 last year and finishing 4th at the 5A State Championships last winter. This wrestling background translates well to the football field for Carroll. Fellow Sunflower State wrestler, Wyatt Pedigo, signed with the Hawks in December and will be joining the team this fall. Pedigo won the state championship at 195 in the 3-2-1 class.
All five of UND’s commitments are on the offensive side of the ball. Carroll joins Sam Hagen as the offensive lineman in the class. We look for the Hawks to take several more offensive lineman as OL coach Joe Pawlak continues to overhaul his depth chart.