In four years at Blacksburg High School (Blacksburg, VA), place-kicker Carson Wise made 32 field goals in 40 attempts. His senior year, Wise converted on 11-of-13 field goals including two of more than 50 yards (51, 55) and one 47-yarder. Those kinds of numbers are sure to draw some college attention, and that is just what Wise has right now. He is hoping serious interest turns into more scholarship opportunities.
Davidson cannot offer a full football scholarship, but for all intents and purposes, through academic grants and so on, the Wildcats have offered the promising place-kicker. JMU, Princeton, and William & Mary have expressed serious interest. Virginia Tech has extended a recruited walk-on opportunity and Virginia is keeping tabs as well.
At this point Wise is in no rush to make his college choice.
“I wouldn’t say I necessarily have a favorite at this point,” Wise said. “I’m still going to let everything shake out and see what some people decide they want to do.”
Whether Virginia Tech’s recruited walk-on opportunity turns into a scholarship opportunity remains to be seen, but it is clear Frank Beamer would like Wise to come aboard and compete for the starting place-kicker job.
“With Tech, they are saying they want a guy for next year. They think I could be the guy but they want to see me win the job before putting money into it,” said Wise, who estimates he has been to Tech nine or 10 times.
“Coach Beamer asked that I look into graduating early from high school and coming in January. I talked to my guidance counselor about it. I could’ve done it but it would have been a little tough. Without a firm offer, I told them I didn’t think it was in my best interest.”
Of Virginia, Wise said: “UVa had a commit early on, so for a while I didn’t send them anything,. Once he de-committed, I started sending them stuff and I got in contact with Coach (Larry) Lewis. Around mid-September, I did a quick visit. I met with Coach Lewis some. He wanted me to keep sending them stuff. I’m not sure what they want to do right now, but I’m definitely in contact with them.”
While he served as Blacksburg’s punter as well (he did a good job, averaging 36 yards per punt this season), Wise feels his future is in place-kicking and that appears to be what most schools are evaluating him as.
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