Rodney Carr is a two-way athlete who can play on either side of the football field. The Los Angeles (Calif.) Bishop Mora Salesian product has the potential to be either a cornerback or a wide receiver. Although he has yet to clear up which position he'll play, it seems like he'll be aiming to be a defensive back at the next level.
Carr, considered a consensus three-star recruit, is 6'0 and 185 pounds. According to 247Sports, Carr is considered the 74th-best athlete and the 80th-best prospect by the state of California. Scout ranks Carr as the 68th-best cornerback overall. Carr is rated as a three-star safety and the No. 93 recruit in California by Rivals, while ESPN considers him the 76th-best athlete in the class.
Carr committed to Arizona in June and holds offers from schools like Houston, Idaho and SMU. You can watch more of Carr's highlight reel at Hudl and follow Carr on Twitter at @rodney_carr4.
Lined up at running back, Carr is a one cut and go style of runner. He gets up to top speed quickly, flashing good acceleration. He's a north and south runner who carries good long speed and doesn't waste lateral steps. He runs with abandon but his running style shouldn't be classified as reckless. He is a relatively smaller framed ball-carrier who runs with velocity in between the tackles, locating a seam and hitting it at full speed.
Based on tape, Carr has experience as a returner. He is probably at his best on kickoffs, as he is very decisive and gets vertical in a hurry. Now, he doesn't use a ton of wiggle but gets up-field quickly and uses sudden cuts to elude defenders out in space. He may be a bit more college ready with the ball in his hands
From a defensive standpoint, Carr lines up at safety, slot defender and cornerback. At corner he would need to smoothen out his footwork, but has the length, ball skills, and long speed to develop into a quality started at the position. He has the requisite long arms needed to be an effective press defender and his physical style of play would definitely be an asset in respect to re-routing receivers through zones.
At safety, I would like to see his route recognition improve. He transitions out of his backpedal well, but is too often late getting into his breaks. Often this constitutes the difference in being in position to make a play on the ball or simply making the tackle after most of the action has already occurred in front of him.