On July 29, 2018, 3-star offensive lineman Michael Cartwright committed to the Indiana Hoosiers’ class of 2019. Per today’s standards, here’s Cartwright’s official post announcing the decision on Twitter:
Currently, Cartwright is finishing up his high school football career with Champagnat Catholic in Hialea, Fla. Before that, though, according to Mike Miller of Hoosier Sports Report, Cartwright “played right tackle for Champagnat Catholic in 2017.” Current IU freshman defensive back Noah Pierre was his teammate back with Champagnat Catholic. Because of this, there’s a quality chance that Pierre may have had something to do with Cartwright’s commitment.
Cartwright, a Bahamas native, marks commit No. 14 for Indiana’s class of 2019. That said, half of them are lineman on one side of the ball; showing where Coach Tom Allen’s priorities lie at the start of this recruitment process. Additionally, more proof is provided by the fact that Indiana currently only has three quarterback targets still on the board for 2019, however they’re primarily long shots to join a room desperately in need of assistance.
All things considering, a quarterback is only as strong as his offensive line, so Cartwright, who comes in at 293 pounds and stands at 6-foot-5 (this according to 247sports), looks as if he could provide stability for whoever ultimately lines up under-center next season. This seems even more likely considering his coach at Champagnat told The Miami Herald this spring that “He has calves like bowling balls.”
Looking ahead to Cartwright’s future with Indiana, he may have an easier time fitting into the program than most freshman do. He’s only the second true offensive tackle commit and the team is projected to have seven next year, should all players return. It helps that he’s the 121st best offensive tackle in the nation according to 247 sports. That said, 247sports did him a bigger favor when they named him a “top performer” after his play at a scouting event held in Miami, this according to Mike Miller.
Coming from the Bahamas, it’s hard to imagine his American-style football skills are as developed as others who’ve lived here and played the game their entire lives. That said Luke Stampini of 247sports seems to think there’s more there than meets the eye.
“It’s clear Cartwright is still developing as a player,” Stampini wrote. “But, from what he showed on Sunday, his offer list should grow throughout the spring.”
Well, Indiana sure nipped that one in the bud, didn’t they? IU beat out Florida Atlantic as well as FIU, who the Hoosiers open up against this Saturday.
Hopefully, IU is able to beat FIU not only in recruiting, but on the field when they meet to open up the season.
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