T.C. Williams linebacker Malik Carney trims list to five

June 20, 2013

T.C. Williams linebacker Malik Carney has pruned his college list to five and could make a decision within the next week or two, he said.

His list has fluctuated lately. Three of his finalists are Tennessee, North Carolina and Pitt, all of whom have offered in recent weeks, and the other two are Toledo and Connecticut.

The offer from Tennessee was particularly meaningful for the rising senior, because the Volunteers are the first Southeastern Conference program to vie for his services.

“I was feeling really good about myself, that I was really working and everything was going to finally pay off,” the 6-foot-2, 208-pound Carney said. “I went down to the [Tennessee] camp and did really good and after the camp they pulled me aside and gave me the official offer.”

Carney said the Tennessee coaches liked his footwork, enthusiasm and leadership.

The one finalist that sticks out in Carney’s top five is Toledo, given the higher profile of the other schools on his list. Carney said the Rockets have been particularly active in recruiting him and have let him know how much they would like to have him. That has made an impression.

Regardless of where Carney ends up, he will join what would seem to be a bumper crop Class of 2014 for Northern Virginia. The commitment list is growing:

Carney’s teammate, T.C. defensive lineman Jeremiah Clarke, has committed to North Carolina.

Briar Woods offensive lineman Jared Coker has committed to Bowling Green.

Lake Braddock quarterback Caleb Henderson has committed to North Carolina.

Woodgrove defensive end Jordan “J.J.” Jackson has committed to Virginia.

Hylton quarterback Travon McMillian has committed to Virginia Tech.

O’Connell defensive back Kam Moore has committed to Boston College.

West Potomac running back Demornay Pierson-El has committed to Nebraska.

Fairfax running back Nick Scott has committed to Penn State.

And that 2014 commitment list does not yet include Woodbridge defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand, considered the top recruit in the country in his class. Or Yorktown running back M.J. Stewart, who has no shortage of offers. Or Briar Woods quarterback Trace McSorley, with several options. Or Stonewall Jackson quarterback Greg Stroman, who has offers from Virginia and Virginia Tech.

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