Linebacker Prospect Holds Off

The 6-2, 207-pound Chris Carter from Fontana (Calif.) Kaiser, the younger brother of current freshman defensive lineman David Carter, received another scholarship offer last weekend, to a school near the top of his list, but the younger Carter said he held off on committing...

As he prepares to begin his senior season, Fontana (Calif.) Kaiser defensive end/linebacker Chris Carter (6-2, 207) stands at four scholarship offers, with his most recent one coming last weekend.

"I took an unofficial trip to Fresno State this weekend and after one of the practices Coach Mason told me I have an offer," said Carter. "That was really cool because I like Fresno State a lot. With Lonyae (Miller) going there, he's my best friend."

Carter had previously been offered by Colorado State, Washington and Oregon State. In the meantime, schools like Nebraska and California have begun to show interest while Arizona, Stanford and UCLA have had their interest remain steady.

"After the first two games, I expect to have a lot more offers to choose from," said Carter. "I'm going to play both defensive end and linebacker, more of a rush end too, and then I think colleges will see that I can play and start to offer me."

With the glow of the unofficial visit to Fresno State still fresh in his mind, Carter said that the Bulldogs are standing out as his leader. But he's keeping the door open for UCLA and Stanford to jump back in it.

"That's why I didn't commit, as much as I wanted to," said Carter. "I kind of want to go through the process and take some visits. My brother (David, who is a freshman at UCLA), only took one trip, but I'm taking my time and going to go through all of this. He told me sometimes to just go to my room and think about the whole thing and have a clear mind."

Carter said he plans to take at least three official visits, but that he doesn't anticipate taking one to UCLA, should one become available. "I've been there so many times, I know every room, every building, every place at UCLA," said Carter, who just recently visited a UCLA practice. "I want to go to some of the farther places."

At the midway point of Kaiser's season is when Carter anticipates narrowing his schools down to about five. "By then, I should know who's going to be offering me by then, so then I can start to get serious about which schools I'm going to look at," said Carter.

An all-state underclass selection at defensive end last season, Carter had 89 tackles and 13 sacks. He was also an all-combine selection at the Los Angeles Combine.

Academically, Carter is in fine shape, with a 3.4 GPA and received a qualifying score on his SAT.

"I went in and took it and just bubbled in some stuff," said Carter. "I didn't even study. But I have pride, so I'm taking it again and studying for it and getting a great score."

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