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Longview High quarterback Caraway commits to ULM

By Gabriel D. Brooks gbrooks@news-journal.com
June 13, 2012 at 11 p.m.

Longview quarterback Bivins Caraway committed to the University of Louisiana at Monroe on Wednesday afternoon after visiting the Warhawks.

Caraway wanted to make his verbal commitment before his senior season started.

"I just want to play my senior season with nothing to worry about," Caraway said.

Caraway met with coaches and toured ULM's facilities before making his commitment. Verbal commitments are non-binding. Recruits in the 2013 class can sign national letters of intent starting Feb. 6.

Caraway, who has offers from ULM, Navy, New Mexico and Texas State, was the News-Journal's second-team All-East Texas quarterback as a junior, when he completed 125 of 233 passes for 2,424 yards, 22 touchdowns and five interceptions. He also ran for 190 yards and six touchdowns as Longview finished 11-2 with a Class 5A Division II Region II semifinal appearance.

"I visited with the coaching staff and talked to a few players. I liked the offense a lot, too," Caraway said. "They had a Taco Bell right down the street and that's my favorite place to eat at."

The 6-foot, 200-pound right-hander believes he'll stick with his pledge to ULM, saying "I'm pretty solid."

Longview coach John King is confident that Caraway will have an impact at the next level and believes Caraway's skill set translates well to the college game. "He can make all the throws. He's got a tremendous arm and very good understanding of the game," King said. "He can throw the ball in different spots away from coverage, which a lot of kids don't understand."

King does not believe that Caraway's less-than-ideal height will hurt him. "I think he's not through growing," King said. "But even if he doesn't grow, I think he'll be an effective (college) quarterback."

Caraway enters 2012 as one of the marquee faces of a Longview squad that has high hopes. The Lobos return only two offensive starters, but eight defensive starters, including consensus 2011 Class 5A Defensive Player of the Year DeMarkus Lathan at linebacker. With a strong junior class further solidifying its role for the Lobos, Caraway and company are optimistic. "I'm ready," he said. "Hopefully we can get a state championship."

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