Carlo Audagnotti is a focused kid. Growing up in South Africa, he dreamed of playing American football—and after moving to the U.S. about eight years ago, that dream came true.
Now Audagnotti has a different dream—to play in the NFL—but he knows that to make that happen, he must first play at the university level. From the looks of things, Audagnotti is well on his way to making that a reality as well.
Carlo was the Offensive MVP of the All-Trinity League last year while rushing for over 1,400 yards and 11 scores at Santa Margarita (CA), but he didn't receive a glut of college offers. Oregon State showed some interest, but Corvallis wasn't in the cards for Audagnotti.
Now Carlo, who only rests one day a week from football training and set up his own recruiting website, appears to be headed for Boise State this fall as a preferred walk-on. What drives Audagnotti?
"The money I make in the NFL is going to go toward those children."
The children he speaks of are South African orphans—many of them infected with HIV. Audagnotti's family helped these orphans during their time in South Africa and founded a charity called Acres of Love before their departure.
Carlo still devotes much of his free time (if he has any) to helping others and gave up most of his first-ever paycheck to the charity.
Audagnotti may be undersized at 5'9" and 185 pounds, but something tells me you don't want to stand between this kid and his goals.
Audagnotti is looking to redshirt this year and will likely play running back or wide receiver.
We're confident that wherever or whenever Carlo plays, he will join the ranks of Boise State walk-ons that have found great success on the blue.