Carter on UCLA/USC JR Days

The 6-2, 207-pound linebacker from Fontana (Calif.) Kaiser, Chris Carter, compares the Junior Days at UCLA and USC. The Bruins, of course, might have an advantage because of Carter's older brother...

Fontana (Calif.) Kaiser defensive end/linebacker Chris Carter (6-2, 207), attended both UCLA and USC's Junior Days, enabling Carter to compare the two schools.

"USC's Junior Day was really cool. The coaches are really into it. But UCLA's felt more like family," said Carter, who would know a thing or two about family, with his brother, defensive end David Carter, signing with UCLA in February.

Carter is still waiting for his first scholarship offer, but said the interest he's receiving is consistent.

UCLA, USC, Washington, Arizona, Ohio State, UTEP, Colorado State, Boise State, Fresno State, Stanford and Nebraska are the schools he's hearing from consistently, and the Bruins remain his leader.

"UCLA is still my top school. I like USC a lot, but with UCLA, and my brother going there, that helps. I'm pretty open though," said Carter. "I talked to (UCLA linebacker) Coach (Chuck) Bullough at Junior Day for a while, and Coach (Karl) Dorrell is just great. My brother is there like every weekend."

Stanford has recently began to show more interest in Carter, and the Cardinal invited him to their Junior Day, which he will attend the day after the Nike Camp at Stanford.

Carter said he is up to 207 pounds, with his goal of 215 in reach. "I'm going to play defensive end some this year because we lost a lot of guys on defense, but I know I'll probably play linebacker in college, so I want to get to 215," Carter said.

Aside from the Nike Camp, Carter will be at the Scout.com Combine in Los Angeles next month.

Academically, Carter is in fine shape, with a 3.4 GPA and will take the SAT on May 6th.


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