"They hadn't called me in a long time," Carpenter said. "And then we won the CIF championship and they called me that night. They've been calling ever since."
Carpenter, who led his team to a 14-0 season and the CIF Division IV crown, had one of the best seasons for any quarterback on the west coast. He threw for 2,705 yards and 35 touchdowns, with only six interceptions, while also running for 554 yards.
Carpenter said that UCLA assistant coach Gary Bernardi has been the coach he's always heard from. "I used to like UCLA," Carpenter said. "They were recruiting me last spring, but then as soon as the season started I didn't hear from them."
In the meanwhile, Carpenter has heard from other schools. He took an official visit to Wyoming, but said he won't go to school there. He has plans to visit Arizona State January 10th, and said he also intends to visit Arizona unofficially while there. He also said he has a tentative plan to visit Notre Dame later in January, but it didn't sound too definite. He'll go by UCLA's campus on Friday, January, 9th, the day before he leaves on his official visit to ASU, and said he didn't have to take an official visit to UCLA since he's pretty familiar with the school.
Carpenter said that Arizona State and Arizona have both offered. He added that the UCLA coaches have indicated to his high school coach that they intend to offer him a scholarship when he unofficially visits on the 9th. "That's what I've been told," Carpenter said.
Right now, Carpenter said that it's probably between ASU, Arizona and UCLA, depending on whether UCLA offers. He also expressed a little bit of akwardness about UCLA having not recruited him for a while. "They said they had other guys they liked better, which is fine. But then when they started calling me now, I didn't know what to make of it."
Carpenter will play in the CaliFlorida all-star game Friday night at Moorpark.
Carpenter said he has a 2.9 GPA and scored a 900 on the SAT.