Utah State joined Washington, Colorado State, Oregon State and Fresno State in offering Carter, but the younger brother of UCLA defensive end David Carter is hoping the Bruin staff gives him an opportunity to join his brother.
"UCLA has talked with me about possibly grey-shirting or possibly getting an offer closer to signing day," said Carter. "I talk with them all of the time and I go to just about every one of their games. I've spent a lot of time at UCLA and probably know more about the school than some of the students there."
But alas, Carter is waiting for the Bruins to make the move so, in the meantime, Oregon State, Fresno State and Washington stand out as his leaders. "I like Fresno State a lot because they have been recruiting me really hard," said Carter. "And with Lonyae (Miller, a former Kaiser teammate) there, I've been watching them and have gone up and seen them play a couple of times. I'm supposed to take my visit there on December 15th."
In fact, Carter could make a decision pretty soon after he visits Fresno State. "I would like to decide right after that trip because I'm scheduled to graduate early, in January, and I want to be able to decide before then. That way I can go and play during spring practice," said Carter.
With UCLA waiting to offer Carter, possibly until later in the game, could his decision to graduate early affect the Bruins? "It might be too late by then," said Carter. "Because I want to be able to go in January. But I don't know, a lot depends on if UCLA offers me. I'm open to grey-shirting but I'd really rather come in and play next year."
Carter is also scheduled to visit Oregon State, and he'll be in Corvallis on Thanksgiving weekend when the Beavers host rival Oregon in the Civil War. "That will be a big rivalry game," said Carter. "If we are still in the playoffs, we'll leave after the game and get there for Saturday."
This weekend, Carter will get to see the Beavers when they visit UCLA.v Utah State has scheduled an official trip with Carter for January 13th, but that could change if he does in fact go ahead and graduate early.
Most schools have been recruiting Carter as an outside linebacker, but he said that both Fresno State and Utah State are looking at him as a potential rush end.
This year, Carter has tallied over 60 tackles and has recorded 17 sacks. His 30 sacks in the past two years have made him Kaiser's career leader in sacks.
"My last game, I played every play on offense, defense, punt and punt return," said Carter. "I played over 120 plays and never came off the field. But I love it."
Academically, Carter is in fine shape, with a 3.4 GPA and achieved a qualifying test score.