New 2011 target will visit Buffs

The new Colorado coaching staff is still looking to add to its 2011 recruiting class and has found an athlete from Southern California who is scheduled to visit Boulder for the spring game. Get inside for this BuffaloSportsNews.net exclusive.

Plenty of colleges overlooked Thomas Carter during the 2010 high school season and the 2011 recruiting cycle, but patience might have paid off the quarterback at Cajon High School and San Andreas League Offensive MVP.

Carter, a 5-foot-11 athlete, will visit Boulder next weekend for the spring game and could become the latest member of the 2011 recruiting class.

Carter, who threw for 2,121 yards and 25 touchdowns and rushed for another 709 yards and six scores in 10 games as a senior, hasn't received a scholarship offer from CU yet, but that could change next weekend.

"They said when I come out there and meet the coach, if he likes me, then they will offer me a scholarship," Carter said.

Carter said confusion over his test scores led some programs to shy away from him and might have prevented others from recruiting him at all. He thought he had earned a qualifying test score when he took college entrance exams last year, but he had not and needed to retake them. He since has done so and is now an NCAA qualifier.

He said San Diego State, Idaho and Idaho State were recruiting him in the fall along with some Division II schools. He didn't sign with any of them in February because he learned of the test score mix-up and began hoping to find a home with a bigger program once the problem was fixed.

He also talked with Arizona State, Mississippi and Missouri. Each of those coaching staffs either invited him to walk-on or stopped recruiting him when they landed other prospects.

Carter said his high school coach also didn't cooperate with schools and recruiting services in the recruiting process which made things more difficult.

Carter has played quarterback, running backs, wide receiver, defensive back and kick and punt returner in high school. He said Colorado sees him as a wide receiver and punt return man. He is happy to come to Boulder and compete there.

"I've got tremendous hands," he said. "That's one thing I do have confidence in about myself."

If Colorado offers him a scholarship, Carter said he will "definitely" accept it and join the program this summer after he graduates high school June 2.

"I'm real excited," Carter said.

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