JC DE trips to Nebraska

The pool of defensive end recruits for Nebraska has slowly dried up over the past month or so and it's no surprise that there is a new defensive end prospect on the radar. This one though isn't just on the radar, but has also now officially visited with a team mate that is also committed to Nebraska this past weekend.

The newest name for Husker fans to become familiar with is Joseph Carter. Carter, a defensive end from Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Chaffey Junior College, is 6-foot-5 and 255-pounds. Carter recently picked up an offer from Nebraska when the Nebraska staff was at his school checking up on Nebraska commitment Daimion Stafford.

"I have an offer from Nebraska," Carter said. "I have had it for a couple of weeks now when they came up to the school. Coach John Papuchis is the coach that is recruiting me and Coach Bo Pelini and Carl Pelini are recruiting me."

You know that the Nebraska staff must have been impressed when they saw Carter on film. Carter said that he has had a solid year and leads or is close to being the leader in some major defensive categories for Chaffey.

"I have around 77 total tackles, 16 tackles for loss for over 100 yards and nine and a half sacks. I am second on the team in tackles and I am leading the team in tackles for loss and sacks."

Out of high school Carter was a non-qualifier because he did not take the right classes. "I went to Silver Bluff high school and I spoke to a buddy about going to junior college and he said that Chaffey was a good school. I just gave it a chance. I was a non-qualifier out of high school because I didn't have a foreign language class."

Carter is listed as a sophomore on the Chaffey website and he says that he will be able to transfer from Chaffey in the spring. He will be able to enroll at the early session of summer classes.

"I will be done a little before May here at Chaffey, so I will be able to transfer for the summer at whichever school I choose to go to. I have to come back to Chaffey in the spring to finish some things up."

Carter does consider himself a commitment to Arizona, but the offer from Nebraska and other schools have piqued his interest a bit to take a look around. Carter says that more offers might be on the way as well.

"I am a commitment to Arizona. I have offers from Nebraska, Washington State, Utah State, New Mexico State, Oregon State, North Texas and Mississippi State is close to offering me.

"The Nebraska offer is new, but even though it was new the Nebraska offer was second on my list behind Arizona before my official visit. I liked the trip to Arizona, but after seeing Nebraska I like Nebraska a lot now."

The official visit to Nebraska was a bit truncated because Carter and Stafford missed their early flight to Lincoln. They got in later that day though and got to hang out with their host and still had a full schedule of activities throughout the weekend.

"I missed the flight to Nebraska with Daimion Stafford on Friday morning. We both missed the game, but still saw a lot of things at Nebraska. My host was Josh Williams.

"We really got to enjoy ourselves outside of doing things at the school with the tour, seeing the facilities and talking to all of the people with the football program. We went to the basketball game."

Carter came away impressed with the football stadium and the facilities that the football team uses. Carter saw some film of game day in Lincoln and says that he liked the fans at Nebraska and saw himself as a good fit on the field.

"On the tour I really liked the stadium and the facilities. We also got to see some things about the fans at Nebraska. It's wild to see how a game is in Lincoln. I think that I fit in well in Lincoln.

"I think that I bring a lot to the table when it comes to me possibly going to Nebraska; I just don't like to talk about it. I would rather get out on the field and show you what I can do."

Overall the visit went very well despite missing the game. He said that the official visits to Nebraska and Arizona were similar except for the weather. However, he says that the weather isn't something that he will get hung up on when it comes to his decision.

"The visit to Nebraska was good. It was about a "9" I would say. Nebraska and Arizona are really the same, but the weather is different. The weather at Nebraska isn't a turn off. You can't do anything about that. The opportunity is bigger than the weather."

Carter says that he's still committed to Arizona for the time being, but is looking around. He says that his commitment could change at any time. Then again, he could wait until a few days before signing day to announce. He is still looking at taking another trip or two.

"It's just a verbal. I took a trip out to Arizona for the Oregon State game probably 5 weeks ago or so. I could change my commitment at any time. I will probably go visit Ole Miss or South Carolina still."

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