"On their visit to the university, one of the things Nate's dad said to me was that one of the other universities he'd been to was very proper and they did the whole recruiting thing," Riggs said.
"But when they came to us on a visit, Nate felt at home. The guys on the team were just being who they are, and that was the final piece of the puzzle."
There were many factors that went into Carr's decision, and coaching was one of them.
"I think Vic Riggs' coaching is great," he said. "I think it's the program that will make me the happiest and that I can take the farthest."
Not only is Carr receiving academic scholarships, but the WVU athletic team will cover any finances that the academic scholarships do not meet.
Being a lover of the Mountaineers and Morgantown itself, Nate kept WVU on his list as he continued to narrow down schools.
"I'm going to train the best and perform the best wherever I'm happiest, and WVU has all of those things taken care of," Carr said.
Coach Riggs has a lot of faith in Nate and is confident that the swimmer will bring WVU to the next level.
"Talent-wise, he's unlimited. He's seen what it takes to get to the Olympic trials," Riggs said. "He already knows he wants to go back in 2016, and those are the kids who you want to come in fresh to your program as you're trying to make that next step."
Likewise, Carr is confident that the WVU swim program will help him reach his goals.
WVU took 4 students to the 2008 Olympic Trials and 8 students to the 2012 trials. The Mountaineers plan to double that number for 2016, and Nate will most likely be in the group.
"I made my choice and I'm really happy with it," Carr said. "I think I picked the right school."