Tate Martell may not be headed to College Station any longer, but that apparently isn’t scaring away the top talent that will surround whoever is behind center. It’s just requiring a very particular form of finesse to get some of the new recruits across the line.
On Sunday, Texas A&M received a commitment from four-star athlete Keldrick Carper. That part isn’t particular shocking; the rising senior wide receiver and defensive back from Plain Dealing, La. was long considered a potential Aggies pledge. What was remarkable is the backstory behind what finally convinced Carper to pull the trigger.
As the athlete recruit told 247 Sports, it was an act of kindness, or at least sensitivity, that sold Carper.
“I’ve always said from the beginning that Texas A&M had everything to offer for me,” Carper told 247 Sports. “What put the icing on the cake was when Coach (Terry) Joseph saw that my mother was tired. He told us, ‘Hey, she doesn’t need to walk around with us for the tour. She can go relax and go get herself a nap in.’ That showed me he really cares. He doesn’t just care about me and my abilities but he also cares enough about my mother and my family. That just hit me in my heart. I was like ‘wow’ because that was sincere. That’s not something you plan to do and when he did that it showed me that this man right here truly cares about me, my mother, my family and my well being.”
From here on out, let ‘Who is Keldrick Carper?’ serve as the perennial question to the Jeopardy trivia answer: ‘Who was the first player to commit because a coach told his mother to take a nap?’ If Carper indeed is to compete as a potential defensive back for the Aggies, he’ll have tight competition. At least he knows he’ll have coaches who truly care about his family no matter where he lines up in College Station.