Sulphur Springs standout offensive lineman Beau Carpenter has committed verbally to Texas Tech University.
Carpenter, who was a key member of the line on the 2008 state champion Wildcat team as a junior, will be wearing the red and black of the Red Raiders after graduating from Sulphur Springs.
“I am glad it is all over,” said the 6-7, 250-pound Carpenter. “All the recruiting can end and I can concentrate on playing for Texas Tech after my final year with the Wildcats.”
Carpenter, an honor student also with being a standout lineman, had garnered recruiting offers from Kansas, Oklahoma State, SMU, Houston, Utah, Harvard, Northwestern (Chicago) and Minnesota.
“I had offers from some schools and it was kind of mind-blowing to be in this situation,” Carpenter said. “I had the offer from Texas Tech and it was like a dream. Being on the state championship team helped get attention. I was waiting for an offer from Texas Tech and it came and I think it is all going to be awesome. Coming to Tech was a no-brainer.”
Carpenter will join teammate Kedrick Dial who also has verbally agreed to attend the Lubbock university.
“The campus is beautiful and I really like it there. I met with the coaches and it felt like a really good fit,” Carpenter said. “Even one of the coaches said that. Because of the offensive system I came from and with what Tech runs I am a good fit. I think I will be ahead of the curve as far as learning the system.”
Carpenter said the coaches would like for him to but weight on his 6-7 frame and keep mobile.
“They want me to stay agile, but play at about 300-pounds,” Carpenter said. “They really liked my footwork and my long arms. They are going to give me a chance to compete on the next level and I am ready for that challenge.”
Carpenter has played right and left tackle, but prefers left if given the choice, but said he will play wherever the need presents its elf at Texas Tech.
Carpenter said he also picked Texas Tech due to their academic programs offered, he plans on majoring in architectural engineering.
“They had a good school of engineering,” Carpenter said. “The campus here is very beautiful. This will be a good fit for me and getting to play on the same team with Kedrick is going to be great too.”
Sulphur Springs head football coach Greg Owens said, “Texas Tech is a great university and he’ll be playing in a system like we use here. Mike Leach, the head coach, is one of the people who created the system we are using, so Beau should fit in well.
The coach continued, “Beau is a big guy and he will turn into a monster out there. He brings them size, athleticism and intelligence. He is experienced in the system and he knows how the offense works down to the screen plays. He’ll do his job well out at Texas Tech. Having him one more year next to Mason Y’Barbo side-by-side to anchor our line is going to be fantastic.”
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