These days, we know Derek Carr as one of the richest men in the league and one of the best QB’s. But long before this sort of success, Derek Carr was getting passed up on by every college program around.
In fact, he wasn’t even listed as one of the top guys in his class.
But how does that happen?
With the most important position in sports, QBs get the most attention in the recruiting class and it is very hard to be passed up unless you have a size problem, which Carr (at 6’3) doesn’t have.
When looking back at his recruitment, the weirdest part is actually that his brother was already in the NFL. Usually, when an older sibling is already balling, scouts give extra attention to the youngin and they end up having an easier path to an offer.
Until the end of his junior year, Carr thought he was destined to be a walk-on…..
High School: Clements (Texas), Bakersfield Christian (Cali.)
Weight: 200 Lbs
Recruiting Ranking: 4 Stars
Alright, alright. Yes, Carr ended up being a 4-star recruit, but that’s not the point here.
All of the accomplishments and praise only came after his Junior season, and he still only had 1 real offers. He got some attention from others, but Fresno State was the only school that actually viewed him as a starter. For the rest, he was just a backup offer in case their main guys didn’t commit.
So why was he overlooked if he had such great stats?
Carr started his career at Clements High in Sugarland, Texas, where he became QB1 when the starter went down in the first game of the season. Claiming that he wasn’t ready for the role, the coaching staff was amazed when he stepped up and led the team to the Texas state playoffs.
With his Junior season, Carr went on to lead the team to an undefeated season but was still scarcely recruited.
After the season, Carr took it upon himself to go to as many recruitment camps as possible, determined to showcase his talent in front of college coaching staffs.
And that’s exactly how the offer came from Fresno State.
Immediately committing, Carr knew he wanted to follow the one coaching staff that actually believed in him. But with this commitment, came a chip on his shoulder, as he was determined to show the country what they had passed up on.
With college, came more of the doubting.
In three years as a starter, Carr put up some of the most ridiculous numbers ever seen from a passer in any conference. After finishing 8th in the Heisman, Carr decided he had accomplished enough and was ready to test the draft.
Selected in the second round, and the 4th QB in the draft (behind Johnny Manziel), Carr was treated in the same way.
Overlooked and Under-Recruited, Derek Carr has never let other people’s expectations determine his success level. So if you have a dream to play at the next level or one-day cash checks in the NFL, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
The worst that could happen? You might end up on the Raiders.