OSU offers standout Nevada athlete

A PLAYMAKER AT quarterback for North Las Vegas's Cheyenne High, Quinton Carter projects at wide receiver or defensive back at the next level. He holds three offers, including one from Oregon State, with more potentially soon in the offing after strong camp performances, and with several more summer camps on tap. Carter also has two frontrunners at this early stage.

Oregon State, Utah and Colorado State have all offered Carter, (6-1.5, 172), who recently returned from the Beaver state after participating in a NIKE camp. Carter said he enjoyed, among other things, the cooler weather on his trip out to the Pacific Northwest.

He's also spent some time on the phone this offseason getting to know coach Greg Newhouse. OSU is leaning towards him at safety but leaving it up to Carter. Colorado State is also considering him at both and Utah likes him mostly as a wide receiver. Carter said he doesn't have a preference between offense and defense.

"I really don't," said Carter. "Wherever I play. I know I'm going to have to get the job done -- and I know I can. I want to just help out the team."

ONE CO-LEADER, after an unofficial visit, is Utah.

I'm really excited about them," said Carter, who loved the Utah scenery while mentioning his father also liked the Utah program. "They have an up and coming football team. If I had to commit right now, they would be the school."

He shined at Cal's camp, taking wide receiver MVP honors. Carter said Bruins receivers coach Dino Babers was one of the coaches he's made a connection with this recruiting season. The Berkley experience elevated Cal up alongside Utah as his co-favorites.

Carter, however, wanted to point out he remains open to anyone, and the gap is not that wide.

UNLV, WSU, UCLA, Washington, Oregon, Colorado and Michigan State are among those showing considerable interest. Since schools can't call prospects right now, Carter has taken the initiative and placed a few calls on his own.

"That's (a big) thing for me," said Carter of the relationship he'd like to have with his college coaches. "Also, who's leaving, what seniors are there. Where can I come in and how fast could I play. The prestige of the football program is important and of course academics -- academics are what it's all about."

CARTER WILL BE TRAVELING to Colorado State for their summer camp in July, one of many trips planned. He said his strong showing at the Eugene NIKE camp resulted in an invite to the EA Sports camp, where he'll be participating as both quarterback and wide receiver. He then heads to UCLA for the Bruins summer camp, his team's camp in Vegas, CSU's camp plus a quarterback camp in July, and he may schedule a few more after that, too.

Also a standout in basketball, Carter had 651 yards passing and 8 TDs during the regular season, with another 400-plus yards on the ground. For his final prep year on the gridiron, Carter plans on making some noise.

"I just feel that I'm underrated and this coming season I'm going to come out and show everybody what I can do," said Carter. "I think I've started on a good note."

He spells his name Quinton, but he's seen it spelled Quentin so often over the years, he's gotten used to it. "You could spell it the other way," he said with a laugh.

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