"I think the first couple of games will be when I show what I can do," said Carter. "Since I played defensive end last year, most schools just want to watch me at linebacker to see how I make the transition, if I look comfortable and how well I play linebacker."
One of those schools that will be watching him is UCLA, who had Carter on campus for the 1-Day Camp earlier this month, where the UCLA coaches had a chance to see Carter work with the linebackers exclusively.
"Me and Steve Sloan (UCLA's committed linebacker) worked out with the ‘backers and (Linebacker) Coach (Chuck) Bulloug,h and we pretty much shut down every one we went against," said Carter. "UCLA basically told me that if I look like I can play linebacker smoothly, that they will offer me. They want to watch my first couple of games in September to see."
The Bruins are Carter's leader, helped in no small part by his older brother David signing with UCLA back in February. Carter tags along with his big brother just about every weekend when David visits UCLA.
But UCLA isn't the only Pac-10 team keeping its eyes on Carter. He said, "Oregon State told me the same thing that UCLA did. They like me a lot and want to offer me but they want to see me at linebacker before they do. I just talked with Oregon State this week and they said they will be watching me this season," said Carter.
Carter received his first offer from a Pac-10 school, Washington, the first week in May and the Huskies are right behind the Bruins and Beavers.
"Washington is a great program and they were my first offer. I would like to take a visit there this fall," said Carter. "Colorado State just offered me last week, too, so I'm looking at them."
Carter acknowledged that if UCLA offered him, it would be very difficult to pass up. But he did say that if UCLA did offer, he wouldn't commit right away. He said: "My brother knew all along where he wanted to go so when UCLA offered him, he took it. I want to take two or three visits before I make my decision. I don't want to pass up the opportunity to visit some schools. David took just one visit, to UCLA, but I want to see all of the schools I like before I decide and make sure I know which school is best for me."
Carter, who looks very good physically, said he recently has been on a tear in the weight room. "I'm benching 350 now and am doing 295 in the military clean," said Carter, who attended both the Scout.com Combine in May (making the all-combine team) and Nike Camp at Stanford. "I've been breaking a lot of school records."
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. He was a first-team all-state underclass selection in 2005.
Academically, Carter is in fine shape, with a 3.4 GPA and took the SAT earlier this month.