“I was just excited about the school, that’s a school I always wanted to play for,” Rashad Carmichael said. “The ACC. I really liked the coaches and they liked me too. They liked what I can do and I was excited – and still am.”
“Now all we have to worry about is the season,” Carmichael continued. “Staying healthy and doing well. The team. That feels good to know where I’m going, going somewhere I can get a good education and play football at a high level.”
Carmichael hails from Gwynn Park, a high school touted as one of the best in Maryland year-in and year-out. “We’re looking strong this year,” Carmichael noted. “There’s a lot of pressure with people saying we should win states and all that. We can play, we know we can play but we’re going to have to prove it on the field.”
While the first official practice for Gwynn Park isn’t until August, the team has been working hard for months preparing for the upcoming season. “We’ve been working out since January in the weightroom and running,” he said. “We go to team camp July 27th up there [in Pennsylvania.”]
Although the pressure is now off of Carmichael, several of his teammates are also developing into D-I prospects and Carmichael is letting teammates know about Virginia Tech. “Right now we have seven guys with D-I offers,” Carmichael said. “We’ll probably have a lot more, and probably 13-14 guys going to college, maybe more. The guys who have the offers, we talk all the time. Just about schools and what we like and all. Phillip Taylor, I’m trying to get him interested in Virginia Tech. I’m working on him.”
Carmichael also follows Tech’s recruiting a little bit as well and had heard that the Hokies received a commitment from another Maryland prospect, Nekos Brown. “I just found out Nekos Brown committed so that's good,” he said. “When I see him out I say 'hey' and we’ve talked some. We went to Texas together for the All-American thing down there.”
Carmichael, who is currently benching 285-pounds, notes that he currently measures 5’11, 175. He ran a 4.49 40 at Virginia Tech and his fastest 40 is a 4.41 at the Maryland camp. His fastest shuttle time was a 3.97 recorded at the Nike Camp.