A former standout recruit for the Alabama Crimson Tide has found a new home in Morgantown, W. Va. As John Kosater of the Macon Telegraph (h/t College Football Talk) reports, wide receiver Ronald Carswell has decided to play for the West Virginia Mountaineers.
Carswell was a receiver for Alabama before deciding to leave the school after being suspended for the 2012 spring season, according to John Taylor of College Football Talk.
The four-star recruit spent last year playing at Itawamba Community College in Mississippi. According to Kosater, Carswell says he grew up a lot during his time at the junior college level.
“I won’t say I was cocky back then,” Carswell said. “But I was, let’s say, over confident. I didn’t think that anything bad could happen to me, and I still had a lot of growing up to do. I made some mistakes, and I paid the price.”
Carswell will be eligible to hit the field immediately for the Mountaineers, who are in desperate need of help in the passing game after losing quarterback Geno Smith and receivers Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin.
According to John Taylor of College Football Talk, Carswell joins a litany of transfers that have joined the Mountaineers, a list that also includes former Florida State quarterback Clint Trickett and former Houston running back Charles Sims.
Carswell will have three years of eligibility remaining at West Virginia.
Prior to joining the college ranks, the 6'0", 180 pound Carswell was a talented receiver at Westside High School in Macon, Ga. According to 247sports.com, Carswell is the 29th best JUCO receiver in the 2013 class.