H.D. Woodson senior cornerback Dereon Carr committed to play football at Toledo over the weekend, becoming the second Warriors defensive back to pledge to a Football Bowl Subdivision school this month.
The 6-foot-2, 188-pound Carr wasn’t being recruited by the Rockets until earlier this week. He was also weighing options at Connecticut and Virginia Union, he said.
“I knew that I could come in [at Toledo] and make an impact quick, and get on the field quick,” Carr said. “I can play a lot of the DB positions.”
It’s been a quick ascent at the position for Carr, who started his career at H.D. Woodson as a wide receiver before being moved to corner his junior year. He didn’t know how to back-pedal at that point, he said. Carr blossomed as a senior for one of the area’s best defenses, picking off four passes and posting 85 tackles for the Turkey Bowl and DCSAA champs. He had two picks in the DCSAA title game win over Friendship Collegiate, and also scored two defensive touchdowns this season.
Carr becomes the latest H.D. Woodson defensive back to commit to play college football. Classmate D’Andre Payne, a two-time All-Met, is already enrolled at Tennessee, and junior corner DuWayne Johnson pledged to Virginia Tech two weeks ago.
Toledo, which finished 7-5 in 2013, has continually been building a pipeline to area recruits over the past several years. DuVal’s Jamal Woodland signed with the Rockets in February after pledging last May, and several area recruits have picked up their first offers from the Ohio school in the past few months, including Wilson defensive end Kareem McDonald and Quince Orchard running back Kevin Joppy.
“They feel as though there is a lot of talent in D.C., and it can help out their program,” Carr said. “They really came in and showed a lot of interest in me. I was glad to be offered a scholarship.”
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— After an upset-filled quarterfinal round, there were no upsets in the latest chapter of the WCAC boys basketball tournament Sunday night, as Paul VI took down McNamara and DeMatha blew out Bishop Ireton to advance to Tuesday’s title game.
— Ariana Freeman scored 19 points to lead Paul VI to a WCAC semifinal win over Good Counsel, while Amari Carter did the same for St. John’s against Carroll to set up a showdown between the rivals in Tuesday’s final at American.
— Maret received a huge boost from its four seniors Sunday night to win its second straight MAC title over Flint Hill.
— The veteran Georgetown Visitation Cubs had a tall order in stopping dynamic scorer Marta Sniezek in Sunday’s Independent School League AA Final, but came together as a team and made a statement against National Cathedral to take home the title.
–The Cesar Chavez boys used a nasty defensive effort to win their first Public Charter School Athletic Association title on Sunday, while the Friendship Collegiate girls did the same behind a stellar effort from sophomore Kieche White.
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