HERMON, Maine — Here’s a name for Maine high school football fans to remember — Geovany Carino.
The 5-foot-11, 200-pound linebacker has yet to play a game on Pine Tree State soil, but the incoming junior at Hermon High School already has made an impact on the national scene.
Carino last weekend joined a host of Division I college prospects in being named to Football University’s All-Top Gun Class of 2018 for his defensive work during a three-day national showcase event at Rock Hill, South Carolina.
Carino was among approximately 1,500 young athletes to compete in several age divisions of the camp and one of just six linebackers named to the 2018 squad.
He also was one of only two New Englanders to make that team, joined by defensive end Malachi Burby of Connecticut.
“It was a tough week, but it was good,” said Carino, who moved with his family from Chesapeake Beach, Maryland, to Hermon last winter after his father began his assignment with the Bangor-based 101st Air Refueling Wing of the Maine Air National Guard.
Carino was matched up in various drills at the Top Gun showcase against players his age from around the country, many of whom already have drawn Bowl Championship Series-level Division I interest.
“They just want to see how well you move and how well you keep up with some of the really good talent out there,” said Carino, who also has BCS football aspirations. “A bunch of kids I went out with already have scholarship offers from Alabama and Virginia, and they just want to see how well you do covering them.
“I felt like I did great, honestly.”
Carino’s selection earned him a berth in the FBU All-American Game to be held on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
Carino played his first two years of interscholastic football at Huntingtown (Maryland) High School, a school of approximately 1,500 students in a community located southeast of Washington, D.C.
“When I was a freshman in Maryland they played me as an offensive lineman, which I really quite didn’t like, and I was mad, so I just worked my butt off,” he said. “I was always trying to outwork everyone. After my freshman year I just worked in the weight room 24/7 and working on the field 24/7. I just worked on my studies and football.
“Now it’s my junior year and I’m starting to get my name out there.”
Carino attended an FBU regional showcase in Virginia this spring and was one of 25 players selected from among some 800 candidates in attendance to participate in last weekend’s Top Gun camp, where his linebacker coaches were former NFL players Quentin Coryatt, Ricky Hunley and Emmanuel King.
“The coaches at FBU all have NFL experience and they try to teach you better techniques as well as the different coverages,” Carino said. “Then the competitive side comes out at the end of camp when they do one-on-ones and seven-on-sevens.”
While Carino earned a spot in the FBU All-American Game — which will be held just after the U.S. Army All-American Bowl for players from the Class of 2017 at the Alamodome next Jan. 7 — he also hopes to be one of 600 players nationally invited to the U.S. Army National Combine being held in conjunction with those events. He’ll learn this fall if his nomination has been accepted.
In the interim, Carino will join a junior- and sophomore-laden Hermon High School football program that went 0-8 last season in Class C North.
“He’s been working hard in the weight room,” said Hermon coach Brad Deuring. “There’s been days when I’ve had to kick him out. There’s been days when he’s keeping guys in for extra work, and since we’ve been on the practice field for our summer camp he’s been doing a good job working with his teammates.
“He’s taught us some new things and he’s been pulling guys under his wing and we’ve been all ears. He’s been a good kid.”
Carino expects to play linebacker and running back for the Hawks this fall, and Deuring sees the transfer’s versatility as beneficial to the team on both sides of the ball.
“He’s an athlete, and we’re trying to play him wherever we can,” said Deuring, who also has worked Carino out at cornerback during summer drills and is aware of his experience on the offensive and defensive lines. “We want to see him in pads, too, and we’re really excited for that.”
Carino is aware of his new school’s recent struggles on the gridiron.
“I’m just going to do whatever I can,” he said, “to help Hermon football get on the map.”