Offensive lineman Tyler Carr set for challenge at Auburn
Feb. 4, 2015
Tyler Carr is on a path to join Auburn's offensive line
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. — Tyler Carr didn't randomly show up to play football at Auburn as an early enrollee. He said he began planning for his early departure from high school — you know, just in case — after his sophomore year, figuring one day he might want to get a jump on college ball.
Tyler Carr has made the jump.
"I feel like I made the right choice," he says.
The 6-foot-5, 310-pound offensive lineman from Southside High School in Alabama is enrolled at Auburn and will go through spring practice, hoping he can show offensive line coach J.B. Grimes he's got what it takes.
"It's going to be pretty challenging," Carr said. "Auburn likes offensive linemen who are big and athletic — not just big bulldozers, but guys who can get out in space and move people."
Carr hopes he fits the bill early on. Grimes has told him about the task at hand.
"He says it'll be pretty challenging getting to know the system and the guys. But it will also be fun getting to go against the best," Carr said.
Carr has been ranked as high as the No. 2 offensive line prospect in Alabama. Two of Auburn's offensive linemen have been noticed the last two seasons, too. Greg Robinson was the second overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, and Reese Dismukes won the Rimington Trophy as the best center in the nation during the 2014 season.
Carr said those two didn't influence his decision to attend Auburn — "They put a lot of hard work into it." — but says playing for Grimes did.
"I feel like Coach Grimes is a great coach. He did it with Greg. He's done it with Reese. But everybody has to put his own work in," Carr said.
Now it's Carr's opportunity "just to get in and learn the system, and get some education out of the way, and to come in to spring ball and prove to coaches what you can do."
In the end, "Auburn is where I needed to be. I felt like the players and the coaches really care about the players, as much as they care about winning."
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine