Visit opens Carpenter's eyes

When Anthony Carpenter used to talk about his recruiting it was definitely clear that distance and staying closer to home was a big thing for him and his decision. This past weekend, the standout cornerback from Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra, made a trip to Nebraska which is pretty far from Los Angeles. What does he think about the distance factor now?

Nebraska has a need in the secondary across all of the positions and a player like Anthony Carpenter can come in and push for time immediately. The 6-foot-1 and 185-pound Carpenter from Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra really enjoyed the trip to Nebraska.

"It was good, really good," Carpenter said. "I really liked the players, the coaches and the fans the most about the visit. The fans were there the whole game. They kept supporting their team. They were there the whole game for them.

"The coaches and the players were really cool to hang out with. They were also close like a family. Everyone was together. I am looking for that."

Beyond the game, the staff and the players; Carpenter really liked the facilities at Nebraska. Mostly the size and the technology that they have in the program.

"The facilities were nice, especially the weight room and the locker room. They have 14 transformers. It's crazy. The locker room was pretty big.

"They have a lot of technology around. In the locker room, they have a code combination on the locker so when you press it the door opens. It was crazy."

There was only one thing wrong with the whole weekend for Carpenter and it really didn't take anything away from the weekend. "There really wasn't other than I wish that they would have won. That's it."

The Huskers have told Carpenter that they like him as a cornerback and that there is a need. That need might be enough for Carpenter to come in and potentially play next year.

"Nebraska likes me as a cornerback. They said that they are short on corners and they want me to come in and potentially play.

"I think that it's a good fit for me and the defense that they want to run at Nebraska. They will run a lot of nickel and dime too. They need corners."

Distance was an important factor for Carpenter early in the process. Nebraska is no where near Los Angeles, but it sounds like things have changed. "I don't really care about that anymore. My decision is going to be about the best possible place for me."

Carpenter said that committing did cross his mind in Lincoln; however there is still another trip that he wants to take. After that last trip he will make up his mind.

"Yes and no. I am going to take a trip sometime in November to Washington State. After I take that trip I am probably going to decide after that."

The Huskers really improved their standing with Carpenter following the trip. Carpenter had average expectations for the trip and had a great trip according to him.

"They are right at the top. The visit really improved things for them with me. Going into the visit I thought this trip would have been about a "7" and it was like a "9.5"."

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