Liberty High School (Bealeton, VA) star Justin Carrington is hoping to impress colleges this Spring and Summer, and he got off to a great start during this past Saturday’s Nike Camp at Penn State. There, the 6-1, 200 pound running back posted excellent times in the 40-yard dash as well as the 20-yard shuttle run.
“I ran a 4.47 in the 40 and a 4.08 in the shuttle,” Carrington said. “I feel like I did well, but at the same time I can always improve. As opposed to last year, I’ve definitely improved. I was happy with my results, but after the combine I was thinking more about what I can improve upon than what I did well.”
Carrington had a productive junior season last year, rushing for over 1,100 yards. Making his total more impressive is the fact that he served primarily as a second option to number one tailback, senior AJ Brown (who signed with Syracuse). Last year was also Carrington’s first full season as a varsity player.
“I played running back as a freshman on the freshman team,” Carrington said. “All I remember was that it was like playing with little kids. I just remember breaking big runs all the time. I didn’t play as a sophomore. I was on a trip at the time and I missed tryouts. We have a policy here, so I couldn’t play my sophomore year. As soon as I found out I couldn’t play, I went straight to the weight room.
“Physically I was ready to go [last season] at the beginning, but mentally I wasn’t. It’s like skipping college and going straight to the pros. As soon as I adjusted mentally, I knew it and everybody else knew it. Coach [Tommy] Buzzo and AJ Brown helped me out a lot. If I had played as a sophomore, though, I think I’d be ten times ahead of where I am now. Missing that year put me back some.”
Coach Buzzo sees a lot of potential in who will be his starting tailback in 2004.
“In my opinion, Justin Carrington may be a better pure running back than AJ [Brown] was for us last year,” Buzzo said. “Justin rushed for over 1,100 yards last year and wasn’t the primary ball-carrier for us. He averaged 9.5 yards per carry. His top strengths are that he breaks the first tackle, he has good vision, and he doesn’t get caught from behind.”
As a freshman Carrington posted 4.8s in the 40 yard dash. He has since worked his way down to the 4.47 he ran this past weekend and has improved his squat from...
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