January 30, 2023

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Diamond In The Rough: Carson Willich

Carson Willich is a class of 2022 inside linebacker for Blue Springs High School football in Blue Springs, Missouri. Carson is 6’1 and weighs 205 pounds with room to add more weight to his frame. Carson aggressively flies to the ball and has a high motor on the field, along with great anticipation skills as he routinely accelerates to the line and into the backfield to rack up the tackles for loss. Willich also takes great angles when pursuing the ballcarrier in the open field and is a strong tackler. In addition to his defensive skills, Carson shows great versatility and plays the h-back position on the offensive side of the ball. As an h-back, Carson is an aggressive blocker and showed reliable hands when being used in the passing game. Off the field, Carson has a 3.8 GPA which shows he is capable in the classroom as well.

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What is your favorite lesson that you have learned in your football life? My favorite lesson is learning how to overcome adversity and stay resilient through those moments.

How would you describe your game? I am a fast, long runner and a physical player who plays with great energy from start to finish on both sides of the ball.

Who do you model your game after? The player I model my game after is Ray Lewis. I admire his physicality and his strong leadership in every moment.

What made you want to play football? I just gave football a shot and liked it from the beginning, so I continued to play. In Missouri, most people do not start playing tackle football until second grade, but I started in the first and just played up.

What is your favorite aspect of playing linebacker? My favorite aspect of playing linebacker is racing to the ball and anticipating the snap count. I like the challenge and how impactful I can be in the outcome of a game.

How would you describe yourself as a person? I am intelligent person and a great leader who is willing to do anything to help others in need. I also have great integrity.

What are your favorite hobbies outside of playing football? My hobbies include lifting weights, fishing, and other outdoors activities.

Why do you feel a college should take a chance on you? From a linebacker standpoint, I am more athletic than most other linebackers and play with the greatest energy. I believe these characteristics will carry onto the next level well.

What sets you apart from other recruits? I feel the way I run is different from other recruits and I am always giving my full effort on every play.

What are your strengths and weaknesses as a player? My strengths are in the passing defense and stopping the outside run. My ability to run from sideline to sideline is a strength of mine as well. My weaknesses are shedding blocks and fitting in the gaps.

How are you working to improve your weaknesses? I am focused on getting bigger and filling out my frame more while also gaining strength in the weight room so I can shed off blockers more efficiently. I also make sure to put extra time into my agility drills so I can improve my mobility and range.

Why do you think you belong at the next level? I am more athletic and versatile on the field than most linebackers and I feel that I will excel in any role on a college roster.

What characteristics do you value most in a college? I value a good coaching staff that would help me develop as a player. I also value a college that has good locker room leadership and has great bonds among teammates.

What goals do you have for this year and beyond as a person and a player? I want to make the all-conference team again, along with making the all-district and all-state teams. I also want to win the Buck Buchanon award. In the future, after my playing days, I want to coach at the college and NFL levels.

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