Notre Dame and Michigan have had a rivalry for years on the sector and now the Irish can declare a singular recruiting win towards the Wolverines as 2024 quarterback C.J. Carr introduced his dedication to them Thursday.
Carr is the grandson of former Michigan soccer coach Lloyd Carr and the son of former Wolverines quarterback Jason Carr. He is a 6-foot-3, 195-pound quarterback from Saline Excessive Faculty in Saline, Michigan, close to Ann Arbor, and he’ll play his school soccer in South Bend, Indiana.
“I have been telling my household I will Notre Dame since this final spring,” Carr advised ESPN. “[This past] Sunday [on a visit] was actually once I advised my dad that there is not any probability for anybody else, I will Notre Dame.”
Carr acquired his first scholarship affords from Michigan after which Michigan State shortly after his final freshman soccer recreation. His father did not inform him Michigan supplied initially, making an attempt to let his son end out the season. However as soon as the Spartans jumped in, he knowledgeable him of each scholarships.
The summer season going into his sophomore 12 months, he took visits throughout the Midwest and Huge Ten, after which actually began to take his recruitment critically as soon as his sophomore season was completed.
“I took some spring visits and actually after my spring visits I knew I wished to go to Notre Dame,” Carr mentioned. “My dad had me maintain off a bit longer simply so I may see all that is on the market and actually get all of the alternatives that have been offered. After the final camp at Notre Dame, we have been presupposed to go down south and I used to be like, ‘Dad, I do know the place I wish to go,’ and he let me commit.”
Regardless of the ties to the Michigan program, his household has been supportive of him creating his personal path and selecting the college that matches him finest. His mother and father have been guiding him alongside the best way, whereas permitting him to expertise the entire course of and make his personal resolution.
“This final go to [to Notre Dame] was once we introduced my mother and two cousins,” Carr mentioned. “We talked to [offensive coordinator] Tommy Rees and coach [Marcus] Freeman for about quarter-hour and my complete household was in love. They have been smiling from ear to ear.”
Carr says his grandfather, who was the pinnacle coach at Michigan from 1995 to 2007 and coached the Wolverines to a nationwide championship in 1997, was supportive and enthusiastic about his resolution.
“He loves it. We acquired him a [Notre Dame] shirt and he loves Coach Rees and Coach Freeman and the issues we have advised him, he is actually completely satisfied,” Carr mentioned. “I acquired my dad a shirt that claims Notre Dame Dad, however my grandpa’s is only a Notre Dame shirt.”
It wasn’t simple to make this resolution to go elsewhere from the college he grew up round, however Carr wished to ensure he made his school resolution for the precise causes and never simply because his household has ties to a program. Along with his household’s blessing, he discovered Notre Dame as the highest college for him and did not waver from that call.
“Clearly Michigan goes to carry a detailed place in my coronary heart eternally, we’re a Michigan household. Our household basis is run by Michigan and so Michigan will all the time maintain a detailed spot in my coronary heart,” Carr mentioned. “However, I’ve by no means wished to go to varsity close to my hometown and I wished to journey a bit farther. Notre Dame was the right spot for me and I feel I’ve an opportunity to do one thing particular there with the precise individuals.”