Ka’Deem Carey doesn’t make many missteps when it comes to football, but he nearly did as a senior in high school.
Carey, from Canyon del Oro High School, took his recruitment down to the wire in 2011, nearly picking Arizona State over his hometown Arizona Wildcats.
“It was close. That’s why it’s so unbelievable. I can’t believe I had that as an option,” Carey said after Tuesday’s practice.
“I find it really funny because now I can’t stand them. The thing about me going there, it’s like, ‘Dang, what were you thinking?’ I grew up as a young man to realize that was just a young, crazy Ka’Deem back in the day trying to go there.”
Each program moved on from its head coach at the time — Mike Stoops for Arizona, and Dennis Erickson for Arizona State — and it’s all worked out well for Carey and Arizona. He was a consensus All-American last season and is on his way to repeat honors this season — and perhaps even more. Doak Walker Award winner? A Heisman finalist?