Linebacker Reggie Carter (6-1, 225) took his official visit to UCLA over the weekend. "I had a real good time," said Carter. "I went on a tour of the campus and met with an academic counselor. They showed us the dorms we will be staying in. I'll be rooming with Chinonso (UCLA commit and teammate Chinonso Anyanwu."
He was hosted on his visit by redshirt freshman fullback, Michael Pitre.
The Crenshaw inside linebacker propsect had a chance to speak with head man Karl Dorrell while on campus. "He told me that he thinks I can be an impact player and he wants me to do that next year. So in the spring I will be going up there to the practices and learning the playbook. I need to get a feel for the defense."
Carter recorded 130 tackles, 20 sacks, six forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries as a senior. "I played at defensive tackle, defensive end, nose guard, and linebacker this year. I know I received first team all-league honors. But I am not even sure what position it was at."
He carries a 3.5 core GPA and scored an 820 on his SAT. Carter would like to major in Business and minor in something to do with Computers.
Offensive lineman Aleksey Lanis (6-6, 315) is going to get a head start on courses at UCLA, and he may also get a head start on wearing his uniform on the field next fall. "I spoke with Coach (offensive coordinator and line coach Tom) Cable (on his visit this weekend) and he told me that I am going to be practicing at strong side tackle and weak side guard because I have a chance at starting at one of those two spots. The other guys in the mix, from what I understand, are (recruit) Justin Brown and (freshman) Brian Abraham. Cable says that whoever the best man is will start."
Lanis was hosted on his visit by Abraham and will most likely room with Brown. "Those two are great guys, but when it comes to football there are no friends. I want to beat them both out for a spot."
The Crenshaw lineman will be enrolled at Los Angeles Community College for the winter session coming up. He will be done with the class he is taking by the beginning of February and then will enroll at UCLA for spring quarter. "I plan on working out with Doc (UCLA strength and conditioning coach EJ "Doc" Kreis) every morning once I am enrolled."
Lanis says that since he has been committed to the Bruins, Cal has tried getting in on him. "I heard from coach (Cal defensive line coach Ken) Delgado two weeks in a row, but then I think my head coach scared him off."
The 'Russian' as his teammates and friends refer to him as, is currently weighing in at 315 pounds. "I am going to drop 15 pounds and get back to 300. That is the weight the coaches want me at."
This past weekend, UCLA commit Chinonso Anyanwu (6-4, 210) got a glimpse of what his future will be like in Westwood. "I met with Doc (UCLA strength and conditioning coach EJ "Doc" Kreis) and he told me that 90 percent of my time up there is going to be with him," explained Anyanwu. "They want to put some weight on me. He showed me their bar and said that I am going to have to stop by between classes to pick-up weight-gaining shakes. They were talking about defensive end with me at first, but now they are saying outside linebacker."
Anyanwu thinks he can fill in nicely at that position. "At Crenshaw, I did a lot of dropping back into coverage from end and I think I have pretty good coverage skills. I think I will really enjoy playing at linebacker."
His host over the weekend was sophomore defensive end, Justin Hickman. "I had a real good time. Justin showed me around and I got to meet all the players. They have a lot of good people there. I learned more about the academic side of things and I met with coaches (UCLA DC Larry) Kerr and (head coach Karl) Dorrell. Coach Dorrell told me that he wants this class of '05 to be the foundation of something special."
Anyanwu says he will be heading to Westwood for spring practices to learn the defense and will start working out with the team as soon as he graduates.
He is unsure of his final stats for the season, but believes he recorded 10