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Former four-star Tide receiver to play for WVU

Ronald Carswell

In 2010, Ronald Carswell was one of the many touted members of yet another highly-ranked Alabama recruiting class.  After being suspended for spring practice in 2012, the wide receiver left the Tide.

A year later, Carswell is back at the FBS level.

Monday, the receiver confirmed to the Macon Telegraph that he will continue his collegiate playing career at West Virginia.  After leaving Tuscaloosa, Carswell played at the JUCO level for the 2012 season.

As is ofttimes the case, the player, who acknowledged that he “made some mistakes, and I paid the price,” said he’s learned from his experiences over the past year.

“I was happy to still be playing football and thankful for the opportunity, but I can’t say it wasn’t painful for me,” Carswell told the Telegraph. “It was time for me to give 100 percent to becoming the best football player and person I could be. I know I had let my family and my coaches down, but I was going to do whatever I could to get back to Division I football. (Sheddrick) Risper, my high school coach at Westside, never gave up on me, but there were times when he was giving me some tough love. He was disappointed in my decision-making.

“Not everyone gets a chance to play somewhere like Alabama or any Division I school, but I always thought that I could get back.”

Carswell was rated by Scout.com as a four-star recruit in 2010, while Rivals.com had the 6-0, 180-pound Macon, Ga., product rated as a three-star prospect.  The latter recruiting service had him rated as the No. 71 receiver in the country in 2010.

As he spent a year at the JUCO level, Carswell will be eligible to play immediately for WVU in 2013.

The Mountaineers have been very active in the transfer free-agent market this offseason, adding former Florida State quarterback Clint Trickett and former Houston running back Charles Sims.  They are also reportedly one of two finalists for former Pittsburgh running back Rushel Shell.

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5 Responses to “Former four-star Tide receiver to play for WVU”
  1. wvuandsteelers says: Jul 2, 2013 8:58 AM

    While I like the fact that a lot of talented players are landing at WVU, I am a bit concerned over our failures at recruiting the traditional high school senior. We’re bringing in way too many transfers and JUCO players for my taste.

  2. be4bama says: Jul 2, 2013 9:49 AM

    Hopefully he’s got his act together, finally. Should be a great addition for WVU.

  3. drummerhoff says: Jul 2, 2013 11:16 AM

    Didn’t this kid verbal with WVU in December & sign a LOI in February? If so, why is it being posted here as ‘new’ news seven months later?

    These events are out of order, chronologically and … in the court room.

  4. rolltide510 says: Jul 2, 2013 11:40 AM

    Why did a player obviously booted for no other reason then to make room for Nick Satan’s rampant oversigning talk about how he “made some mistakes, and I paid the price,””? That’s not how the narrative works here.

  5. matt24bucs says: Jul 2, 2013 10:35 PM

    Might be better if they would get these guy’s right out of high school than with only a year of eligibility left.

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