Grandma's Hint Helps Push Player to AU

Quindarius Carr

The Huntsville High star grew up without a favorite before signing with Tommy Tuberville's Tigers.

Huntsville, Ala.--When it came time for Quindarius Carr to chose a college the Auburn Tigers had a secret weapon in the recruiting battle for a well-traveled wide receiver from a military family.

Unlike many high school football players in the state of Alabama, he didn't grow up with a strong lean toward either Auburn or Alabama.

The wide receiver from Huntsville High, who has played football in locales as diverse as Europe and Montana, chose the Tigers over a variety of colleges after getting a less than subtle hint from his grandmother on where he needs to attend college.

Huntsville High coach Kevin Wiesman explains. "Late this summer when everything got heated up with Alabama, Auburn, Colorado, Purdue and everyone else was offering him, his Grandma gave him a gift when it wasn't his birthday or anything," the coach says. "He opened it up and it was an Auburn T-shirt and an Auburn hat.

"When Grandma starts weighing in on it like that it's a little unfair. So definitely Grandma is a huge Auburn fan. Like everybody in Alabama we've got a little bit of both in all families."

Auburn, and Grandma, outrecruited a pair of Bama coaching staffs as the 6-1, 175 wide receiver turned down offers from both former Tide coach Mike Shula and his replacement, Nick Saban. He signed scholarship papers with Auburn on Wednesday.

"Signing day was amazing," Carr tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I am just glad it turned out the way it did. I feel real solid about my decision and I feel like I made the right decision so I feel great. It is a wonderful day."

Carr says he feels he will be able to make the jump from high school to college without a problem. "I am not concerned at all," he says. "I just want to go down there and have fun and enjoy the experience of playing college football and being in college.

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