Schools who see him this evaluation period may throw their hats in the ring as well, as his head coach Sean McMenomy says he has everything you could want in a prospect.
Carlberg received offers from Pittsburgh and Rutgers to kick off his recruitment late in the Fall. He followed that up by going down to the U.S. Army Junior Combine and putting on a strong showing at defensive tackle. However, it's on the offensive side of the ball where more schools are interested.
"I think he could do both," McMenomy says. "I think he's a better offensive lineman at this point. Maybe that's because I'm the O-Line coach. I think he's suited to the position a little better but he has been developing better. The way we run our defense will be a little bit more to his skill set next year. He saw a lot of double and triple teams this year. We did a lot of step and read, where not we will do more step and rip and cause havoc in backfield and that can only help him because he's so athletic."
As far as recruiting goes, Carlberg has been able to get to a few schools, most recently Michigan State on Wednesday when he was offered.
"I texted him and he texted back 'I loved it, amazing.' Coach Salem comes around here and I think their staff is a group of good guys who teach and coach great football and the thing Dray mentioned that he loved is the family atmosphere there. Coach Dantonio came off as a father figure type coach and could legitimately see a fit there and see him as a person he could play for."
No matter who ends up with Carlberg, with his high school coaches are confident that college will get a great locker room presence, teammate and more.
"I would put him as one of the best examples of what you would hope for in a football player. He's a great leader on and off the field, and in the classroom. He's not afraid to make enemies as long as it's for the right cause. If people are screwing off or dogging it, he's going to speak his mind, and a guy his size...people listen. By the same token, he does not have one ounce of big time in him. He will talk to the football guys, then he'll be at the table talking math and science, working with kids who are in the play. He's welcomed by all and exemplifies what what you hope for in a great athlete."
Carlberg hopes his recruitment will not distract from his team's season, and for that reason, hopes to move towards a decision sooner rather than later.
"We had a senior recruiting meeting last Sunday night and that was one of the topics. He wants to get it done before the season starts, just to not have it hanging over his head. That's the type of people they are. Dray is molded after his parents. They're great people, good blue-collar people who believe in hard work and treating people right. They will do it the right way and work for everything they get."