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Posted at 10:32 PM ET, 01/18/2011

West Potomac's Dan Carriker chooses Maine

By James Wagner

A few months ago, the family of West Potomac's Dan Carriker was concerned their son, a well-regarded offensive lineman in the Virginia AAA Northern Region, was receiving little more than cursory attention from colleges.

But since then, the interest in Carriker, a second-team All-Met player, has turned into concrete offers from various schools. And during an official visit over the weekend, Carriker verbally committed to Maine, a Division I-AA school, to play football next season.

"He bonded with the players so fast," said Cindy Carriker, Dan's mother. "The coaches were awesome. They welcomed us with open arms."

Dan Carriker, a 6-foot-2, 300-pound lineman, was also weighing offers from William & Mary, Concord and Lafayette, and interest from others such as the Virginia Military Institute.

As a powerful blocker, the senior helped pave the way for the Wolverines' offense, among the most prolific in the region which featured a 1,000-yard rusher (Brandon Johnson) and 2,000-yard passer (Nik Dimitrijevic). West Potomac finished 6-4, 5-2 in the Patriot District, narrowly missing the playoffs.

By James Wagner  | January 18, 2011; 10:32 PM ET
Categories:  Dan Carriker, Maine, West Potomac  
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