Carter On His Commitment

With UCLA struggling this season, it's natural to think that some of the recruits committed to the Bruins from the 2007 class might be re-thinking their commitment. Raymond Carter, the #16-rated running back nationally from Crenshaw, talked about how he's feeling about UCLA now...

Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw running back Raymond Carter (6-0, 187) committed to UCLA back in March. Despite the struggles of the Bruins this fall, especially on offense, Carter said nothing has changed his mind about his commitment to his childhood favorite.

"I'm still solid to UCLA," said Carter. "I haven't been thinking of any schools. To be honest, I'm more focused on my team than worrying about any colleges. But I'm not even thinking of any other schools."

In fact, when Carter does think about his future at the D-1 level, he thinks about the immediate contributions he wants to make when playing for the Bruins. "Yeah, I think about that all the time," said Carter. "I feel like I can go in there and make an impact. I think they need a speedster guy and I feel like I've got everything that they need. I'm pretty focused on getting better when I get there and be the person and player they want me to be. I just want to have a successful career there."

To play as a true freshman in college is something Carter has aspired to do since he started playing football and he is well aware that his idol, DeShaun Foster, had an impact with the Bruins when he was in his first year in the program.

"When I started playing, I always wanted to go to a D-1 school and play my first year," said Carter. "I'm the type of person that likes to make a big impact and go in there and do what I do best. Me and my dad talk about that all the time and he feels like I can just go in there and make plays. I'm more of a speedster back."

This spring, Carter ran a 4.5 forty at the Scout Combine, the first time he ran a forty in the spring, but he says that he's even faster than that time. "I can run a 4.4, guaranteed," said Carter. "That was my first camp and the first time I really ran it. I hadn't been working on it. I know in the off-season, I'm going to hit the weight room pretty hard to put on some weight. I'm deciding on track, if I have the time to do it. I just want to be ready for when I get to UCLA."

Carter emphasized that, despite the struggles of UCLA, he's not considering any other schools, that he's 100% committed to UCLA. "I'm still solid," said Carter. "The way it's going this year, it's tough, but I like all the coaches, especially Coach (Karl) Dorrell and (running backs) Coach (Dino) Babers. They are good coaches. I hope nothing happens with them. But I'm still committed if something does."

Carter also thinks that the future is looking bright for the Bruins. "With our 2007 class coming in, UCLA should be a top team and we should compete for a Pac-10 title, a major bowl game, maybe the Rose Bowl," said Carter. "With our class coming in and a lot of juniors out there, we're going to be good. UCLA is a young team, but they're getting more experience and we're trying to do big things."

Carter had been to every home game before missing the Washington State game. He said he is going to be speaking with Babers to set up the weekend of his official trip.

He also said his nagging hamstring injury is healed and he's feeling like his stride is just being hit. "My leg is feeling way better," said Carter. "It was being treated for like a month and a half, but I'm 100%. I had my best game of the season (against Manual Arts). I rushed for 187 yards and three touchdowns. We're getting ready for the playoffs and we're coming together as a team. We want to win it all again, and we have all of our athletes back so we can do it all."

Carter, as a senior, is also taking his leadership to another level. "I'm ready to carry the load and step up my game to a whole other level," said Carter. "Hopefully my team will follow."

This weekend, Crenshaw hosts Fremont, then plays Locke in a game that should determine the No. 2 seed from the Coliseum League. He's also hoping for another shot at Dorsey. "I sat out the McClymonds game because I was resting my leg and my first game back in two weeks was Dorsey, and it was raining hard. I want to play them when I'm healthy," said Carter.

In the meantime, Carter is also doing some recruiting for UCLA, pitching the Bruins to his Crenshaw teammate, junior receiver Kemonte Bateman. "Me and BP (Brian Price), we're working on Kemonte all the time to come to UCLA," said Carter.

Carter said he is on track to be fully qualified.

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