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Four-star Lovasea Carroll unique in many ways

March 28, 2020
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Take a minute to conduct a Google search of just your first name and the chances are you yourself won't be mentioned at all on the first page of results and multiple people with your same first name will appear within the first 10 pages.

15 pages deep into a search of the first name Lovasea and the only name that appears is that of Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy four-star running back Lovasea Carroll‍.

Not wanting to do what had already been done, the unique name was given to him at birth by a family member.

“Honestly, I don't know how they got it,” said Carroll. “My mom said she couldn't think of a name so my aunt came up with it. She said it came out of nowhere.”

Perhaps intuition came into play and she knew that the baby before her would grow up to be unique in his own right.

On the football field that is exactly what happened.

A 6-foot-1, 190-pounder with 4.5 speed and an offer list to go pretty much anywhere and who is being recruited by just about everyone.

The nationwide response to the Coronavirus has caused plenty of lock downs and restrictions placed on multiple faucets of all of our lives. It has of course caused a disruption to the recruiting process in that the NCAA has banned on and off campus recruiting for now.

That however has actually meant that recruiting has picked up for prospects such as Carroll.

Normally college coaches would be focused on spring football at this time of the year.

With those practices being canceled, they have plenty of free time to recruit.

“I get to talk to coaches more now than I was before it was happening,” said Carroll. “Tennessee, Florida, Auburn all contact me the most. Really all of my top five do, but those three do the most.”

Back in mid January Carroll, a one time South Carolina commit, released a top five consisting of Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Ohio State and South Carolina.

According to him, four of the five remain the same, but a new option has emerged to replace the fifth program.

“I still have the same top five,” said Carroll. “Except I have Tennessee now instead of Ohio State.”

Immediately after visiting Florida for the Gators first Jr. Day back in February, Carroll stood in the parking lot as he was readying to leave campus and called Georgia his leader with UF in second place.

However, that has now changed.

“All five of them are equal because I can really see myself being at any one of them and being happy with my choice,” said Carroll. “So, like that, they all still have the same chance. Florida is at the top though because of the relationship I have with the coaches there.”

Getting back on the topic of Carroll’s uniqueness. When asked about the coach he speaks with the most, Carroll commented that it is UF running backs coach Greg Knox.

That isn’t something you see everyday.

Actually, that he would be the answer might surprise a lot of those in the Gator Nation, because he is thought of as the reason Florida doesn't have Trey Sanders‍ or Demarkcus Bowman‍ currently on the roster.

Knox, who one time was observed threatening to put one of his own sons in the transfer portal during a June summer camp session (relax, it was a joke after one son didn't catch a pass while being covered by the other son), isn't thought of as a top recruiter because he isn't a born salesman.

Knox’s approach may not be the one that works best on the recruiting trail, but if you talk to any of his running backs, they love him to death.

Carroll says he can see why.

“The relationship I have with Coach [Greg] Knox is different than the one I got with the other coaches,” said Carroll. “I like it a lot because honestly, he doesn't play around a lot and sugarcoat things. He gets straight to it.”

Part of that is the make-up of the prospect himself.

Some need to be wooed and shown nothing but love.

Others want and appreciate a more basic, get on your tail, stern fatherly approach. As mentioned above, I've never observed a coach bring their kids to camps more than Knox does.

“I like a coach who doesn't hand you anything and makes you earn it,” said Carroll. “That's how family does it.”

Speaking of family, Florida lost part of theirs earlier this week when Kamar Wilcoxson‍, an IMG teammate of Carroll, decommitted from the Gators.

Immediately the Gator Nation wondered how it would impact Carroll and teammate Tunmise Adeleye‍.

“I don't think about stuff like that because he had to do what's best for himself and I have to do the same,” explained Carroll when asked how Wilcoxson’s decision will effect him. “I don't base my decision on anyone else. We play different positions and we have had different experiences.”

With that out of the way, moving forward the next step is setting visits

“I had an official set to Auburn and South Carolina, but they're canceled because of this [virus],” said Carroll. “I had Tennessee for June, but that's not sure. I wanted to take all of my visits in the spring and summer so I could commit August 6th, but if I can't do it then I'll push it back and take my official visits in the fall.”

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