A.J. Carter, the 6-0, 220-pound running back from Louisiana, has emerged as one of UCLA's top running back targets for 2018.
When UCLA running backs coach DeShaun Foster was at Texas Tech he recruited and offered Carter. Foster then took the running backs coaching position at UCLA in January, offered Carter by February, and has been recruiting him aggressively ever since.
Carter recently named UCLA as his leader. He has plans to visit UCLA next weekend, the 21-23, for UCLA's spring practice, and the word is that there's a good chance he could verbally commit to the Bruins.
Carter also has offers from the likes of Arizona State, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Purdue, Colorado State and more.
But Carter has this pinned to the top of his Twitter page:
Scout recruiting expert Gabe Brooks had this to say about Carter:
A.J. Carter is an FBS-caliber running back who likely projects to the Power Five level. Carter is one of the top 2018 running backs in the state of Louisiana. He possesses great size and mass for a traditional, north-south running back role. Carter is strong and hits the hole hard, but also shows impressive open-field, straight-line speed at the second level. Carter can improve lateral mobility and change of direction, but already shows the ability to regularly gain yards after contact because of his strength and short-area burst.
Check out the clips of Carter in his junior season above. In that season, Carter ran for 2,289 yards, for over nine yards per carry, and 41 touchdowns.