Commitment Update: Gwynn Park’s Rashad Carmichael

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5-9, 170-pound Rashad Carmichael wasn’t a starter at Gwynn Park (Brandywine, MD) until this, his senior season. He made the most of his opportunities last season, corralling a team high five interceptions as a back-up cornerback. In a full-time role, he’s making the most of his playing time on both sides of the ball.

“He’s having a great season,” Gwynn Park head coach Danny Hayes said of Carmichael. “Defensively, there really have been no passes thrown his way. We put him on the other team’s top receiver. Actually, we probably have only had a few passes completed against us all year. He’s also running the football this year. Every game, he has gone over 100 yards.”

Carmichael has helped Gwynn Park to a 6-0 record and #4 team ranking in the Maryland/Washington, D.C./Northern Virginia area. Though he may be small for a running back, Carmichael, who is nicknamed “Rock”, runs with a lot of power according to his coach. The 4.49 40 speed and outstanding overall athleticism don’t hurt, either.

“He’s both categories,” Hayes said when asked what type of runner Rashad is. “He can run with power and finesse. He can do it all. He has tremendous power and explosion as a runner. He can see the whole field. His strength is making people miss.”

Carmichael remains firmly committed to Virginia Tech and plans to take an official visit to Blacksburg in December. He committed to the Hokies shortly after the 2005 senior camp.

Phillip Taylor…

Coach Hayes gave us an update on his 6-4, 330-pound star defensive tackle/offensive lineman.

“He’s narrowed it down some,” Hayes said of Taylor. “He’s taken an official visit to Penn State. He’s going to take official visits to Tennessee, Ohio State, Miami and one other place. All of his visits will come in December.”

Virginia Tech remains in the mix and is battling for that final official visit spot.