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Talking With Top Illinois Recruit Eureka WR Carson Gold Class Of 2023 - Name You Must Know


By: Peter "Coach Big Pete" Leinweber


So, in a way to better understand the use of Deep Dish Football for Illinois recruits and the whole entire IHSA Football scene. Decided to do player profiles of players who you might not know or you might know, but you should respect them for their roles on their respective teams. This is one of the many reasons why Deep Dish Football is respected in the IHSA. Every Football Player Has A Story To Tell



Carson Gold Eureka WR/ATH Class of 2023 6'1 175


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Carson Gold how was your junior season?


As a team, we made the playoffs for the 6th year in a row. We were a young but talented team. It was a great year for me to get acclimated to the varsity level of football. Because of the COVID restrictions, I didn’t have much of a sophomore season. I had to grow up fast as a junior with barely more than my freshman year of high school experience. I learned a lot, grew a lot as a player, and gained a lot of confidence.


What does football mean to you?


Football is something I love to do, and I work very hard to get better every day. For a small school, we have a big rising senior class, and we are all very close. Football is our passion and I have fun competing against them in practice and with them on game night. Football is something I get to enjoy with my closest friends and is a way to showcase my God given abilities and hard work.


What was your favorite memory from last season?


The last game of the season we went on the road to a big conference rival, and we had to win to guarantee a spot in the playoffs. We were picked to lose the game by the local media, and we didn’t want to be the team that stopped our school playoff streak. Early in the game, we ran a counter sweep where I line up on the LOS in a 3-point stance as a TE. Everyone blocked the play perfectly and Justis Bachman, Cam Manning, and Drew Dingeldine set the edge freeing me up to go 85 yards for a TD. It set the tone and gave us the momentum for a 29-20 win.


What schools have you talked to so far?


Eastern Michigan, Ball State, Butler, Drake, McKendree, Upper Iowa, Benedictine, Monmouth, Wartburg, UW-Platteville, UW-Whitewater, St. Norbert, Augustana, William-Penn, Missouri Baptist, University of West Georgia, Taylor University, Wheaton, Concordia Wisconsin and a handful of other D2 schools regarding camp opportunities.


What do you feel is your strongest trait on the football field?


I think my speed sets me apart. I play fast, and my coaches do a good job of getting me the ball in space.







What should college coaches know about you?


I’m a physical receiver, and I take a lot of pride in my blocking and doing my job when the ball isn’t in my hands. I’m a three-sport athlete, and I think I have a high ceiling as a football player once I settle in a focus my full attention on football at the college level. College coaches should know I’m a very hard worker and dedicated to be better everyday. I’m a good teammate and a leader on and off the field.


What part of your game have you been working on in the offseason?


I have worked very hard on the finer points of my position with 4 Verticals Academy. We work on my releases, route running and spend a lot of time on the jugs machine. Our wide receiver group and QB get together on our own on Sundays to run routes and work on timing also. I’m also working on getting stronger in the weight room. I want to play faster and more physical and be a challenge for any defense.


What goals do you have for yourself this upcoming season?


As a captain, I want to keep up the legacy the teams before us helped build. As a player, I want to further establish myself as a standout in my position throughout the area and state.


What do you like about playing WR?


I like to play receiver because I can create space to get the ball while still being able to dominate and be physical while blocking.


How does Eureka look for the upcoming

season?


We return something like 17 or 18 seniors, and we’ve all been playing together since elementary school. We had a lot of guys earn all-conference as sophomores and juniors this past season. Guys have been putting in a lot of work this off-season with high expectations for our senior year.


Who else on Eureka should we be on the lookout for?


For a small school, we have a number of guys getting college looks. Dakota Wiegand, Justis Bachman, Ben Jablonski, Jake Morin, Cam Manning, Rylan Bachman, and Zech Lapp.





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