Cornerback Lloyd Carrington didn't have an interest in football until his senior year at Dallas Lincoln High School in his hometown of Dallas, Texas. Basketball was Carrington's first love, and he was quite good at it, but when the thought of switching sports and everything that came with it -- i.e. a scholarship at a Division I school -- it was an opportunity Carrington couldn’t pass up.
Carrington, who signed with the Redskins on Monday as an undrafted free agent, played football for one year, and his stock shot through the roof, as college recruiters were overwhelmed by his size and speed. He got as many as 17 scholarship offers before he decided to join then-head coach Todd Graham at the University of Pittsburgh in 2011.
In his freshman year, Carrington played in seven games as a reserve cornerback, and had two tackles. Once Graham took the head coaching job at Arizona State the following year, Carrington decided to follow him to the desert, and that's when things really kicked into gear for him.
Carrington was a three-year letter winner while with the Sun Devils, having appeared in 40 games with 29 career starts, including 26 straight in 2014-15. He finished with 136 career tackles, eight tackles for loss, four sacks, three interceptions, two defensive touchdowns, 15 pass deflections and two forced fumbles.
Not bad for someone who got a late jump into the sport.
He has a chance to do bigger and better things now that he's a member of the Washington Redskins.
Judging by his Twitter post over the weekend, Carrington's ready for the challenge that lies ahead.