Bruins Land Running Back

Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw running back Raymond Carter joins teammate Brian Price in giving the Bruins an early commitment, after verballing to UCLA on Tuesday.

Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw running back Raymond Carter (6-0, 185) became the second Cougar in the last four days to commit to UCLA.

With teammate Brian Price having verballed to the UCLA staff at their Spring Game, Carter followed suit on Tuesday, letting the coaches know he'd be joining Price in Westwood.

"I was going to commit to them at the scrimmage on Saturday, me and Brian were both going to do it. But there was a death in my family so I didn't get to go to the scrimmage," said Carter. "I talked to them today and said I was coming."

Carter's commitment gives the Bruins one of their main offensive targets in this class. Carter, along with Oaks Christian running back Marc Tyler, are the lone running backs to get offers from UCLA in this class, and the two are the best ball-carriers in Southern California.

Long a UCLA lean, Carter said he was relieved to finally get the decision over with.

"I always wanted to play at UCLA, that was my school. DeShaun Foster is my favorite player in the NFL and ever since he was at UCLA. I'm relieved to finally have it finished. Now I can focus on school, getting bigger and stronger and working with my team," said Carter.

A four-star back, Carter gives the Bruins their fifth player from Crenshaw in the past three years. It also made Carter's offensive coordinator, former UCLA receiver Eric Scott very pleased.

"Oh yeah, Coach Scott was real happy for me. Brian and I talked about going there together and Coach Scott was always talking up UCLA. Plus, I get to play with some of my former Crenshaw teammates, like Reggie (Carter), Chinny (Anyanwu) and Aleksey (Lanis)."

The commitment from Carter came just a couple weeks after USC had offered him, and Arizona had also given him an offer.

Carter said his commitment to UCLA was solid and that he would not take any trips.

He first started getting notice last fall after he 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 Combine in May in Los Angeles.

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


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