Edison TE Sam Carpenter (Photo: DL Action Sports Photography)
Sam Carpenter Gets First Offer From Drake
by Marc Goldstein, recruitNoVA
Thomas Edison High School’s senior tight end Sam Carpenter (6’4, 230 LBS) is on the board with his first offer. This offer comes from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Sam also is a two-sport athlete, playing basketball for Edison as well. He is a monstrous target at the tight end position, standing well above six feet, and using size and strength to muster catches and extra yards in the process. He might be a late bloomer as far as recruiting goes, but he is hoping to make up for the lost time.
Sam is a huge part of the program at Thomas Edison, becoming a vital part of their offense in just a few years in the program. He commands attention when running his routes, whether in the middle of the field or along the boundaries. He has soft hands and is a surprisingly agile player for his size in the open field.
Sam makes his biggest impact on the offensive side of the ball, but it is worth noting that he also plays defense. He uses the same size, strength, and speed combination that makes him so lethal on offense to his advantage on the other side of the ball. He draws the attention of oppositions by his sheer size and talent, and the nuances he has added make him that much better.
— Sam Carpenter (@sam_carpenterr) September 24, 2020
The Drake University football team has experienced a decent amount of success in recent years.
While they have not reached the FCS playoffs in the past few years, they have posted seasons above .500 in the past three seasons. They are coming off a 7-4 campaign which saw them take another step forward, improving steadily by one win each of the past few seasons.
The football program has a tremendous amount of history and even played the first-ever night game at Soldier Field in Chicago and a game in South Africa vs San Diego. The football culture in Des Moines is quite underrated, actually. They have a group of rabid fans that love the game of football and the players that compete for the Bulldogs. Without a professional team, Iowans are stuck with watching local colleges and showering them with the love they would give to a professional team. This love goes to the players for schools like Iowa, Iowa State, and Drake, the three biggest football schools in the state.
Sam Carpenter might have just received his first offer, but that does not mean that he is incapable of playing at the next level. In fact, it means that he projects to be an impact player at the next level in the near future. Drake might be onto something, finding a seemingly hidden gem in Sam Carpenter. He uses strength, speed and size to his advantage and uses his frame in attempts to make plays down the field and be a force on offense. Sam should expect to see more offers and interest pop up on his Twitter feed, and that will be the motivating force for him this coming season, which will take him to heights only he could have imagined.
– Marc Goldstein