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:
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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