Carter feels he can make an impact at OU

Las Vegas, Nev. safety Quinton Carter talks about his commitment to OU and expectations for his freshman season. Carter is an early high school graduate and will be eligible to begin classes at OU in January.

Quinton Carter, FS, 6-1, 187, 4.45, LAS VEGAS CHEYENNE HS, NEVADA:

JH: When did you call and tell them you were committing?

QC: "I called Oklahoma yesterday and told them I was committing."

JH: When I talked to you on Sunday you said you were torn between OU and Fresno State so what put OU over the top?

QC: "I just saw an opportunity for me there. They play in the Big 12 Conference and they play for championships there. Plus, I have a chance to come in and play as a freshman, and it doesn't get any better than that. The biggest reasons were because OU is where my heart is and people that are close to me tell me to follow my heart, and that would be to Oklahoma."

JH: You seem very confident that you can some in and play right away. You must have great confidence in your abilities?

QC: "It is a combination of things. Plus, I watch their practiced and saw their depth chart. If I go in there and play up to my ability I definitely feel I can play there. They still need other safeties. They are playing a FS at SS and a corner at FS. I think I can come in and help them balance out their secondary and to get the right guys in position."

JH: With most defenses, learning the safety position is always more difficult. Do you feel it will be much of a problem for you?

QC: "I don't think it will take that long. I think it comes down to how hard you work. They have some positive role models that I can follow, and it is just a matter of me basically to stepping up and learning the defense, and then go on the field and perform."

JH: You are through with high school aren't you? Will you be enrolling at OU in a couple of weeks?

QC: "I have one week left here in high school. We go back to school on the 6th and that will be my last week. Basically, the only reason I have to go back is to sign out."

JH: Do you find it amazing that in just a couple of weeks you will be going to college at the University of Oklahoma?

QC: "Yes, it is pretty crazy. But I have no choice but to get ready for it because that is the choice that I am making."

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