Tailback Talks About Junior Day

The elite running back prospect from Los Angeles Crenshaw, Raymond Carter, talks about his experience at Junior Day Saturday. With UCLA having been his favorite, does a recent scholarship offer from USC change anything for him?

Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw running back Raymond Carter (6-0, 185), one of UCLA's top targets in the class of 2007, was at the recent Junior Day held by the Bruin staff and came away with UCLA still his firm leader.

"It was real cool there," said Carter. "They didn't push me for a commitment, maybe asked me one time if I was going to commit, but they didn't push me at all."

Carter picked up his third scholarship offer last week, when USC extended a written offer.

"Man, I wasn't expecting it but to have USC offer was crazy," said Carter. "It's cool though. But UCLA is still my leader. The coaches didn't even bring up USC, they worried about UCLA."

Carter had previously been offered by UCLA and Arizona, and continues to receive solid interest from Notre Dame, California, Michigan and Tennessee.

His teammate Brian Price, a defensive tackle that UCLA has also offered, also received an offer from USC. Carter and Price have both attended many spring practices in Westwood and both have said they are leaning heavily toward the Bruins.

Carter said that neither he nor Price would be making an early commitment, though. "I'm not giving a commitment because I want to take some trips," said Carter. "I want to take my time."

Carter helped lead Crenshaw to the L.A. City Championship in 2005, rushing for 1,675 yards and 17 touchdowns. He'll run track this spring for the Cougars. He will also attend the Scout.com Combine in May in Los Angeles.

Academically, he is in fine shape, with a 3.2 GPA.

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