West Virginia head coach Neal Brown hasn’t turned his back on the 2022 recruiting class, continuing to put the finishing touches on a stellar class, but he has turned his attention toward the 2023 cycle, too.
One of those recruits is 2023 three-star defensive tackle Drake Carlson from Father Ryan High School in Nashville, Tennessee. Carlson (6-foot-4, 260 pounds) picked up an offer from WVU on Tuesday after a call from WVU defensive line coach Andrew Jackson.
— Drake Carlson FRHS’23 (@Dcarlson_51) September 21, 2021
Carlson has already picked up offers from Eastern Kentucky, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech and now WVU. Only a junior at Father Ryan, Carlson’s stock should continue to rise in the midst of a 3-2 season so far.
According to 247Sports, Carlson is rated as the 323rd-ranked recruit in the class, coming in as the 52nd-ranked defensive lineman and the 10th-ranked recruit from Tennessee. Rivals rates him as the 34th-ranked strongside defensive end and the 13th-ranked recruit from Tennessee.
Neither 247Sports nor Rivals have projected his decision yet, but with strong familial ties to Tennessee, the Vols appear to be the early favorites for his signature.