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Parkview running back Carson flips JUCOs

After making a verbal commitment to Georgia Military College weeks ago, Parkview running back Chris Carson had a change of heart Wednesday morning after two Kansas junior college powerhouses entered the picture late in the recruiting period.

Eventually, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound running back chose to sign with Butler Community College out of El Dorado, Kan., over nearby Hutchinson for a couple of reasons.

One was Butler's history of success, including five national junior college championships since 1998, and history of developing players that go on to play at major Division I programs.

The other was the Grizzlies' history of success against Hutchinson.

"It's one of the best programs that can help me develop my game for the next level at Division I," said Carson, who was among Gwinnett's rushing leaders with 1,100 yards and 11 touchdowns on 175 over just eight games before being lost for the season with a knee injury. "And I looked at the fact Butler has beaten Hutchinson 20 consecutive times."

Carson, who had garnered attention from major programs like Auburn and South Florida before the injury said he continues to progress in his rehab from the resulting surgery, and is confident he will be ready to go when he reports to Butler over the summer.

"I didn't want to just jump in (to Division I football) with my knee being a problem," Carson said. "I just wanted to develop my knee a little better. It's doing a lot better. I just had it drained (Tuesday), so it feels a lot better. I'm running now, and in the next couple of weeks, I should be (fully cleared)."