Penn State landed a graduate transfer at wide receiver in Florida State’s George Campbell earlier this offseason, and it looks like you can add another transfer wideout to the list with Division II’s Azusa Pacific’s Weston Carr announcing that he will also be attending Penn State this fall.
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After 4 amazing years at APU, it is with gratitude that I announce my decision to become a Nittany Lion. Azusa, you are my foundation for this new beginning, and I’m thankful for the love and support you gave me on and off the field. Go ‘Cougs #8 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11 #Ao1
First and foremost, let’s address the fact that this will be a massive jump in competition level for Carr. Remember, Carr didn’t play in the FCS against Eastern Washington and Sam Houston State — he played a level below that in Division II. That isn’t to say that Carr won’t be capable of making the jump, but there’s a big difference between playing Colorado School of Mines and Ohio State.
That being said, color me super intrigued by this move. Carr has good size at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, and he’s been incredibly productive the last three seasons for Azusa Pacific, earning All-American honors in 2017.
- 2016: 48 receptions, 905 receiving yards, 9 touchdowns
- 2017: 86 receptions, 1458 receiving yards, 15 touchdowns
- *2018: 33 receptions, 644 receiving yards, 12 touchdowns
- Career: 167 receptions, 3,007 receiving yards, 36 touchdowns
*29 of his receptions came in the first six games so, just guessing, but he might have been limited by an injury over the final six games.
So size and production are there. Two other reasons to be intrigued:
- He only had 15 receptions as a junior in high school so Carr could actually be a legitimate late bloomer.
- His brother, Austin Carr, you might remember as the walk-on at Northwestern who was First Team All-Big Ten his senior season. Sure, Austin and Weston don’t have completely identical paths, but the precedent of being overlooked coming out of high schools is certainly there.
I’m not sure what to expect out of Carr. He could crack the starting lineup, or he could barely see the field — neither result would surprise me. But one thing is for sure: whether it was at Penn State or somewhere else, it’s clear that Carr at least deserves the chance at playing on a bigger platform. With some of the questions the Nittany Lions have at wide receiver, taking a chance on Carr seems worth it.
Because there have been some moving pieces — you know, with the grad transfers and Cam Sullivan-Brown jumping in and out of the portal — here’s a
complete guess projection of the depth chart.
WR: Justin Shorter - Daniel George - George Campbell
WR: Jahan Dotson - Weston Carr - Cam Sullivan-Brown
Slot: KJ Hamler - Jahan Dotson - Mac Hippenhammer
Incoming freshman John Dunmore could factor into this too, but he most likely won’t be ready physically. With Campbell and Carr now factors, at the very least, depth is in a much better spot.