Rudy Carpenter Takes "Peek" at BYU; Set for UCLA

With his announced intentions on Monday that he will commit to the UCLA Bruins as soon as he gets the academic green light by the school's admissions office, one of the top quarterbacks in California will still take an official recruiting visit to BYU this weekend.

Rudy Carpenter, the 6-2, 180 pound quarterback star from Westlake Village High (Calif.), received a written scholarship offer from the Cougars some months ago and initially did not plan to visit.

His father, Scott Carpenter, told today that BYU recruiter Barry Lamb had been trying to get his son to at least visit the Provo campus. "It (visit) was kind of up in the air, but he just decided to go up and take a peek (at BYU).

"I asked Rudy if he wanted me to accompany him, but he said, ‘No.' I don't expect they'll be doing anything there I need to worry about," Scott said, referring to BYU's well known Honor Code standards and policies.

Rudy told Tracy Pierson of he had two visits tentatively arranged this weekend for Michigan State and BYU, but added he'd rather not take a visit to either. "I have visits arranged because my parents want me to check out schools and make sure I'm making the right decision. But I'd rather visit UCLA this weekend officially and officially verbally commit. I'm going to ask Coach Dorrell if I can do that, because that's what I want to do."

Pierson's article continued: "If for whatever reason he can't officially visit and verbally commit this weekend, Carpenter said he'd probably visit BYU."

Carpenter led Westlake Village to the CIF Div. 4 State Championship with a 14-0 record. As a signal caller, he threw for 2,800 yards, 36 touchdowns, 6 interceptions and almost 600 yards rushing.

He has already officially visited Arizona State and Wyoming. His father said there is a possibility he may also take official visits to Notre Dame and Arizona.

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