Lloyd Carr is one of the most successful coaches in the history of Michigan football, compiling 122-40 career record during his time in Ann Arbor with five Big Ten championships and one national title from 1997 in his trophy case.
Carr, who was born in Hawkins County, Tennessee, was a state championship level quarterback in SEC country with Riverview, Michigan in 1962.
Now, his grandson C.J. could be in line to carry on the family’s legacy — and the big question is whether he’ll do so at a Big Ten school or perhaps down south as he recently received his first offer from one of the SEC’s biggest powers.
Four-Star QB C.J. Receives Offer From the National Champion Georgia Bulldogs
Georgia played the role of the Wolverines’ tormentor in January 2022 at the Orange, defeating Michigan in round one of the College Football Playoff 34-11, in a game that was never in doubt for Kirby Smart’s team.
Recently, Georgia extended an offer to four-star quarterback C.J. Carr, a 6-foot-2, 175 pound signal caller who has been offered by the hometown Wolverines, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and Wisconsin Badgers among other prominent Division I programs.
Carr threw for 28 touchdowns against just four interceptions in 2021, leading the Saline (MI) Hornets to a 9-1 record on the season including a 7-0 league record.
Their season ended with a 32-20 playoff loss to the Canton (MI) Chiefs.
When dust settled on his sophomore season, Carr had thrown for 2,696 yards to go along with a 64% completion percentage.
Despite his famous name, Carr is relatively unknown in comparison with many other high profile prospects, with just 1,707 followers, perhaps because he’s still two years away from competing at the Division-I level.
Michigan Football’s Chances at Landing C.J. Carr
According to Greg Wickliffe of Mlive.com and The Ann Arbor News, Carr has said that his ties to Michigan through his famous grandfather won’t have an impact on his college choice.
I recently spoke with Saline QB CJ Carr about about his recruitment. His family's connection to #Michigan won't impact where he chooses to play college football in 2024: https://t.co/NzwtybEVGP
— Greg Wickliffe (@GregWickliffe10) February 10, 2022
Even with this news, the website On3.com has “crystal balled” Carr to the Wolverines through its “recruiting predictor machine.”
Carr’s choice seems very much up in the air, however.
One thing we do know is that he appears to be a student of the game, recently working to replicate Matthew Stafford’s famous sidearmed Super Bowl throw against the Bengals to Cooper Kupp, as shown below.
Be ready for this @Tpalka5 https://t.co/KpBCnfYCIm
— CJ Carr (@13Cjcarr) February 18, 2022
Carr has also trained at Next Level Athletix in Illinois, the same place as current Michigan QB and budding star J.J. McCarthy.
More of top 2024 Michigan QB target CJ Carr (@13Cjcarr) from his session with @QBCoachHolc at @NxtLevelAtx.
Michigan freshman JJ McCarthy also trained here with Greg Holcomb #GoBlue pic.twitter.com/kprkkE8ecI
— "EJ Holland" (@EJHollandOn3) February 18, 2022
Carr also might be a far different player than he is now by the time he reaches college. According to a tweet from Michigan Recruiting Insider E.J. Holland of On3.com, Carr looks “taller and better every time I see him.”
Carr’s sophomore season highlights, shared via his Twitter page, can be seen below. His highlights only have a little over 3,000 views thus far, adding further to his diamond-in-the-rough mystique.
To view them, visit his Hudl highlights page here or be sure to click the “view” button on his Twitter page below if they don’t play immediately.
Carr shows excellent touch on the deep ball in these highlights, perhaps taking a cue from his grandfather’s Michigan offenses, which always seemed to hit the deep ball at exactly the right time.
He always shows an abundance of composure while throwing on the run and great body control in general.
Check out his sophomore highlights below, and let us know what you think about his prospects to succeed at the next level.
Sophmore Season Highlights
4 INT@SWiltfong247 @CSing57 @LemmingReport @Rivals_Clint @adamgorney @ChadSimmons_ @TomVH @Bryan_Ault @AllenTrieu @NxtLevelAtx @TheD_Zone https://t.co/b6ij2vdqgu #hudl
— CJ Carr (@13Cjcarr) November 3, 2021