Prep sackmaster eagerly awaits OSU trip

AT LINEBACKER U, as Mike Riley refers to Oregon State, the Beavs are strong after prep standout Chris Carter out of Fontana, Calif., who also could play defensive end at the next level. The 6-2.5, 215 pounder out of Kaiser High is simply a sack machine, and will be in Corvallis in a few weeks for the Civil War on Nov. 25. The Beavs are one of two schools Carter says are recruiting the hardest.

"Probably Fresno and Oregon State are recruiting me the hardest out of all of them," said Carter.

D-line coach Joe Seumalo is running the recruiting point for the Beavs on the three star prospect, and has kept in close contact through the phone lines and text messaging.

"He's a great guy, really cool," said Carter. "The program -- I haven't had a chance to get up there so I'm just really anticipating my visit," said Carter. "I'm definitely interested in them and looking forward to learning more about their program."

Carter will trip to Oregon State on Nov. 25. An official to Fresno State is scheduled for Dec. 15. He is also planning an official to Utah State sometime in December, and may also visit Cal.

Oregon State and most others see Carter as a linebacker, although the Beavs have said he could also end up playing out on the edge with his hand down. Fresno State is recruiting him at d-end.

At Kaiser, Carter is a relentless defensive end who had logged 14 sacks and 54 tackles through his first seven games this season. He is expected to be awash in honors and accolades this post season.

What is even more impressive about his performance this season is that everyone knew about him coming in. As a junior, he racked up 13 sacks among his 89 tackles, earning all-state and all-CIF honors.

CARTER HAS FIVE scholarship offers under his belt.

"Oregon State, Colorado, Washington, Fresno State and Utah State, so that's five," he said. "I've been talking to a lot of coaches lately, and I just got the offer from Utah State two or three days ago."

Others on the radar include UCLA and Nevada, with nearby UCLA holding an allure. Chris' brother David is a defensive end at UCLA.

"I'm so used to the area and I hang out over there a lot," said Carter. "But I'm also starting to just look at the Universities that have offered me now...I'm also really fond of (UCLA) and they treat my brother well."

Carter said the Bruins' coaching staff has told him they possibly will not decide if they're going to offer him until late December. And he will be graduating early from high school right around that time, and said his plan is to start college classes in January.

"I'm definitely going to be looking for a place that's going to be real comfortable for me, a comfortable lifestyle -- I'm not exactly sure what that is yet but when I go (on a visit) hopefully I'll feel a certain vibe, where I connect and feel welcome.

"I guess you could call me a city guy but I could definitely go to a (smaller town). I feel college is a transition so you know you're going to have changes and if that's one of the changes, so be it," said Carter.

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