Jackson Carver, who was one of half a dozen players who spent the weekend at the University of Miami on an official visit, made a verbal commitment to the school on Tuesday after completing an official visit.
A native of Woodbury, Carver was a standout lacrosse player who transferred from St. Thomas Academy to Indiana’s Culver Academies to better prepare for college. But the question of joining the football team led to a change of plan when the school’s football coach saw his potential and contacted the Division I coaches.
He announced his promise on Twitter. “I’m just getting started,” he wrote alongside the hashtag #committed.
Carver is a four-star tight end in the Rivals.com rankings and No. 466 overall in the 247Sports.com rankings for the Class of 2023. The 6-foot-6, 220-pound receiver should also take an official visit to Iowa later this month, but that was before he made his commitment. He also previously traveled to Fort Lauderdale for the Hurricanes’ spring game in April.
Carver is a newcomer to football and only received a scholarship offer from Miami in April, a few weeks before his unofficial visit. He was primarily a hockey and lacrosse player until he left Woodbury and joined Culver a few months ago.
He actually switched to lacrosse – he once verbally committed to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish – but gave football a chance as the season no longer overlapped with hockey and found immediate success, throwing 27 passes for 292 yards and three touchdowns caught.
Carver was promoted to Class of 2023 and will attend Loomis Chaffee School in Connecticut for a junior year. He ended up with more than 30 football offers, all of which came in the last eight months.
Miami hopes Carver’s natural athletic gifts will continue to thrive as a potential candidate. He also played defensive end at Culver last year and competed in track and field, dropping lacrosse to focus more on his football development.
Carver recently visited Star Tribune reporter Chip Scoggins to discuss his transition from lacrosse to football.
Indiana offered Carver as a preferred companion while he was visiting after his junior year, and then other Power Five conference schools, including Minnesota, began offering scholarships.
You can read Scoggins’ story here and listen to him talk about Carver here on the Daily Delivery podcast.