"I like UCLA and have always wanted to go there," Carter said. "If they offered, I'd probably accept."
And UCLA offering is a very real possibility. "They told me that if my SAT score checks out, which I took this month, they'll probably offer," he said.
In terms of UCLA's interest, Carter said it has been steady, but then has recently picked up. Carter said: "I've been hearing a lot from UCLA. Coach (Karl) Dorrell is doing a very good job there. I was at the game on Saturday (against Arizona State) and had a good time. I met Coach (Brian) Schneider (who is recruiting Carter) and Coach (Thurmond) Moore. I like the staff, they are really cool people. They've been building respect for the program. My family is leaning to UCLA, especially since it's close to home."
Carter has set up three of his official trips, starting Thanksgiving weekend when he will trip to Colorado. The following weekend he'll visit Arizona and the next weekend he'll go to Boise State. "I'll set up the trip with Fresno State later. I know I'm going there, we're just working on the date. And I'd like to take an official to UCLA. They said they would like me to visit," said Carter.
The interest in Carter started last spring, when he made the rounds at various camps and combines and performed very well, including UCLA's one-day camp. After that strong spring, he has since played well in his senior season, getting 60 tackles and five sacks on the year and helping Kaiser to the No. 2 seed in the CIF Division VIII playoffs.
With his recruitment picking up speed, Carter could be double-dipping with official visits and playoff games if things go according to plan. "We get Coachella Valley this weekend," said Carter. "We feel real good about our chances this year."
Carter also has a standout for a younger brother, Chris Carter, a 6-2, 200-pound linebacker prospect, who came with him to the UCLA/ASU game.