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Alex Carswell walked into USF Wednesday morning with coach John Kelly expecting nothing more than to poke around campus and the football program to check both out.
He left with a little more.
The Strawberry Crest rising senior was offered by the Bulls staff, his first and the first BCS offer for the young Chargers program.
"I said thank you, but I was bursting inside,'' said Carswell, an intriguing prospect for size and his ability to play multiple positions.
In fact, Carswell said he was told he would be recruited by USF, but the coaches weren't sure at what position. Carswell can play wide receiver, tight end, defensive end or outside linebacker, he was told.
The 6-4, 206-pounder, who hopes to bulk up to 215 by the start of next season, has been told the same by other programs looking at him. He said a few weeks back he expected Kentucky, based on his contact with the Wildcats staff, to be the first to offer, and has also received interest from Rutgers and Eastern Michigan.
Last year, Carswell caught 22 passes for 372 yards and five scores last season, but also had four tackles for loss and three fumble recoveries on defense. He expects to step in to Karel Hamilton's spot as the team's No. 1 receiver. Hamilton was Strawberry Crest's leading receiver and first college signee after inking with Samford last month.
Carswell has looked up to the task this offseason. He was a standout at the Under Armour combine in January after catching just about everything thrown his way.
"This offer just inspires me to work harder in the classroom and in the weight room,'' Carswell said. "I'd like to get a lot more."