Bivins Caraway III is No. 1 for ULM

Louisiana-Monroe’s first commitment of the 2013 recruiting class is a quarterback – one who doesn’t have a problem with slinging the ball around.

Bivins Caraway III (Longview, Texas) verbally committed to the Warhawks late Wednesday afternoon. The 6-foot, 200-pound quarterback chose ULM over offers from Texas State, New Mexico and Navy. Caraway also received interest from Memphis, Kansas State, Houston and Louisiana Tech.

“I’m excited and relieved about everything,” Caraway said. “I wouldn’t say it was getting stressful, but it was picking up. I’m glad it’s come to a head. Hopefully I’m the start of a good recruiting class.”

Caraway said ULM was an obvious choice after making a visit to the Monroe, La., campus on Wednesday. It’s only a 2 ½-hour drive from his Longview home, and the offense that ULM head coach Todd Berry runs is similar to what he’s been accustomed to in high school.

“They run the spread with an empty backfield,” Caraway said. “Coach Barrett has the same mindset as me. He wants all the receivers out wide, and if no one’s there, the quarterback runs it. That’s what I like.”

Caraway described Berry as “cool, straightforward and direct” and said the sincerity of the coaching staff played a major role in his decision. Caraway threw for 2,425 yards and 23 touchdowns and five interceptions as a junior, leading Longview to the Texas Class 5A Division II playoffs. Longview lost to eventual champion Spring Dekaney in the third round.