By Press Staff
MIDDLETOWN >> Middletown High School football captain Julian Carraway has been accepted by, and will attend, Wesleyan University in the fall.
“Julian Is an outstanding student/athlete,” said MHS football coach Sal Morello. “He was an integral part of our running game. He played blocking fullback and tight end for us and was one of the best blockers that I have had the privilege of coaching. He did things that didn’t show up on the stat sheet, but when you watch the game films, you know what he meant to our team. He has good hands, too. We threw the ball to him only six or seven times, but he caught every one.”
Middletown finished 11-2 and was a Class L semifinalist, losing to Darien 13-7 in the semifinal game.
“Julian is part of what we’re doing at Middletown High,” said Morello. “We stress being a quality person who will make a difference in peoples’ lives. Julian wants to play at Wesleyan.”
Wesleyan coach Mike Whalen said that while he did not recruit Carraway (5-11, 215 pounds), he was very impressed with him.
“We were told about him, we talked with people at Middletown High and we saw some films,” said Whalen. “I was very impressed with him when he visited here. He is bright and very well-spoken. He loved the place and I think he can bring a lot to Wesleyan in return. We were all very impressed with Julian and his dad. He applied early-decision and was accepted.
“He has potential, he’s going to try out and he has a shot. Recruiting after all, is an inexact science. He’s a great kid and we’re very happy he will be on campus.”
Whalen went on to say that he is limited by a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) rule that limits football rosters to 75 players.
The Cardinals projected roster is top-heavy with 28 seniors.
“I’m working to get that changed,” said Whalen. “It goes against everything that Division III football is about. But that’s a story for another day.”
If Carraway makes the team, he will be the fourth area player on the Cardinals, joining MHS alum Devon Carrillo, Xavier alum Kris Luster and Coginchaug grad Alec Corrazini.