The X Factor

Florida's <b>Xavier Carter</b> is the fastest footballer in the country and probably the #1 wide receiver prospect. At this point, how does UCLA look for the prospect that is definitely the "X Factor" in the Bruins' football recruting?

Speed Kills.

No one embodies that motto better than Palm Bay (Flor.) wide receiver Xavier Carter (6-3, 195), quite possibly the fastest high schooler in the country, and easily the fleetest in the class of 2004.

"I love running track," Carter said, "It gets me well prepared for football, but its just great running."

Earlier this spring, Carter made the trek to California, accomplishing two goals: Dominate at the prestigious Arcadia Invitational track meet, and visit UCLA. "I wanted to visit the campus out there and also to do well at Arcadia," he said.

Well would be an understatement. Carter won the 100m, 200m and 400m at Arcadia, the first time in the event's history that any performer swept all three events.

Then he made the visit to Westwood, and said he loved the trip. "I loved the scenery of the campus, the school. It was a really big campus, and people were really friendly. It was cool meeting (UCLA track star) Monique Henderson, too. Coach Embree was a real good guy. I like that he is the receiver coach. Coach Dorrell is also a great guy."

And Carter isn't done with his trips out West. He has designs on coming to the UCLA 4-Day Camp later this month, then will also head up to Palo Alto where he will participate in the U.S. Junior Olympic Team trials. Before that, he'll run in the adidas Meet of Champions in North Carolina. "It's a busy summer, but I want to do both track and football in college, so I want to do all of that now."

Last season, Carter had some eye-popping football stats. "I only had around 28 catches, but I had 800 yards (around 28 yards a catch), 12 touchdowns, with five of those coming from returning kicks."

Aside from UCLA (who has offered), Carter is also hearing from the whole SEC, Texas, LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Miami (his childhood favorite). "I am looking for the best combination of football and track out there. Texas, LSU, UCLA, they all have good combos."

There is a school, though, that has some inside influence on Carter. He said, "My mom graduated from LSU and she wants me to play football and run for them."

Carter has a 3.3 core GPA, and scored a 770 on his SAT, which he is taking again.

Carter will camp at Florida this year as well as the UCLA camp.


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