"Burden Lifted" For Carr After Picking Auburn

Tyler Carr

Tyler Carr talks about his decision, Auburn's coaching staff reaction, and more.

Gadsden, Ala.--Sometimes recruiting is about depth charts, uniforms, facilities, etc., and other times it's just a feeling. For Auburn's newest commitment and four-star offensive lineman Tyler Carr it was the latter.

Getting a strong push from both Alabama and Georgia before choosing the Tigers on Monday, Carr said he gave coaches Gus Malzahn and J.B. Grimes an early vacation present before telling the world of his decision on Tuesday.

"They were great," Carr said. "They felt pretty happy about it. Gus was just getting off the plane when I called him. He was pretty happy.

"I prayed about it and thought about it a lot," he added. "I felt like God led me there. I have to trust my gut instinct and trust God with what he's telling me to do. I feel like that's where I was led to be."

Leading is something Phillip Carr and his wife Rhonda wanted to avoid throughout the recruiting process. While both had a history of being in Auburn and watching the Tigers play, neither wanted that to influence where their son went to school. In the end they put their trust in him and let him be his own man.

"It's an exciting day for him," Phillip Carr said. "Like I told him, it's about him and what he's worked for. It's about him setting his goals and accomplishing what he set out to do. As a parent it's just exciting to see what you've raised your kids to do accomplished.

"It would have been special no matter where he went," he added. "A lot of people have trouble with that, but I really did stay out of it. It's his life. It's his decision. We raised him to be level-headed and make good decisions. We trusted him and God to make the decision that was best for him."

Carr poses with two young Auburn fans following his announcement on Tuesday at Southside High School.

While seemingly everything pointed to Auburn from the outset of Carr's recruiting process, it wasn't an easy decision at all he said. Building a strong relationship with Nick Saban, Mario Cristobal and the Alabama staff, he dad said watching his son call the staff to tell them of his decision was a tough thing to handle, but it was also a proud moment.

"He really loved Alabama and Georgia, too," Phillip Carr said. "The coaching staff everywhere. I can't say enough about the quality of the coaching staffs at both Alabama and Georgia. It was probably the toughest thing to watch him do last night when he called the coaches and talked with them. That was hard knowing your kid is really torn about what he's going to do, but knowing he was being a man and making the right decision was great.

"To see it come around to where it has, I'm just really happy for him. I'm glad he's got it off his shoulders. He's ready to move on to the next level."

Saying he feels like a "burden has been lifted," Carr said he is now focused on getting ready to help Southside-Gadsden to a state championship as a senior. Choosing to work out on Tuesday morning before his announcement when his coach was prepared to let him slide on his big day, Carr said he is working hard to improve every day and that is going to be his goal when he arrives on the Plains in January.

"I really think it was the coaching staff," Carr said of his biggest reason for choosing Auburn. "The whole coaching staff was really behind me and supported me. I really feel at home with those guys. I really feel like that is the best place for me to be.

"I definitely want to get in there and find some playing time," he added. "I'm going to work hard and try to be the best I can be. I'm not going to let anything change me. I'm going to be who I'm going to be.

"I want to get in there and work hard for these coaches and show them what I can do," he added. "I'm going to see what they can do with me, improve on my skills and see where it takes me."

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