Will Carter Join His Brother?

The younger brother of current UCLA-committed David Carter, linebacker prospect Chris Carter is getting quite a bit of early recruiting attention. Would the fact that his older brother will be at UCLA influence his decision?

Earlier this decade, UCLA had the Ball brothers (Dave and Mat) coming off the edge at defensive end.

Fontana (Calif.) Kaiser had a similar scenario a year ago with eventual UCLA signee defensive end David Carter and his younger brother, junior Chris Carter (6-2, 205), lining up opposite each other.

Now, there is a strong chance that the two could be playing on the same defense in college, though the chances of both playing defensive end are minimal.

"I'm going to play linebacker this season," said Carter. "Definitely looking to play linebacker in college. That's where I'm being recruited. I like to play standing up. Defensive end was fun because I really stood out and got a lot of attention. It was more of a fun spot. But we're a young team so I need to be the quarterback of the defense."

Carter was an all-state underclass selection in 2005 and he's already getting heavy interest from several schools, including UCLA. "UCLA, Washington, Arizona, Ohio State, UTEP, Colorado State and Nebraska are talking to me a lot," said Carter. "UCLA is my favorite school right now, but I also like USC, Arizona, Boise State, Fresno State and Texas."

Carter said that his family would like to see the tradition of their two sons playing together continue in college. Carter said, "We talk about it. They always tell me to go there. I'm still contemplating. There are times I definitely want to and then there are times I'm like, ‘Maybe I want to do my own thing, make my own name' But they definitely wouldn't mind if I went there. Right after David committed they bought all kinds of UCLA stuff. They are full-on Bruin fans."

Carter was invited to UCLA's Junior Day this weekend, which he plans to attend. And while he doesn't have any scholarship offers, he said he still wants to take some time before he decides. "I want to see all of my options and take some time," Carter said. "Having my brother go through it definitely prepared me. He didn't know what to expect, it kind of hit him by surprise. So now I'm seeing that if I want to be good enough, I have to be prepared for it. All the little things help prepare you."

During his junior year, Carter had a strong campaign, recording 89 tackles and 12 sacks, adding three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and a safety.

"I worked my butt off my junior year, so now I have more hype going into my senior year. All of my friends from the Inland Empire got scholarships, so I'm trying to follow them and live up to the hype," said Carter.

Yet Carter won't sacrifice his team goals just for individual glory. "I'm going to have to be the leader of the team. I'm trying to be a good example and stay focused. I want to lead by example," Carter said.

He has been working out with the father of teammate Lonyae Miller, who committed to Fresno State.

"With Mr. Miller, we stay after school and lift weights. We do weights that most athletes don't work on. Then we work on school. I'm striving for perfection and to be where colleges want me to be," said Carter. "I want to get up to 215 by the time I go to college."

Academically, Carter said he is in fine shape. "I have a 3.4 GPA, but I feel it could be better. I study each day for three hours. My goal is to have a 3.8 overall when the year ends. I'm taking the SAT on May 6th."

Carter said he plans to attend the Scout.com Combine in Los Angeles on May 7th.

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