Carter Enjoys His Official Visit

The 6-0, 192-pound running back from Los Angeles Crenshaw who is committed to UCLA, Raymond Carter, talks about the official visit he took to Westwood last weekend, and his plan for being ready to come in and contribute as a true freshman next fall...

Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw running back Raymond Carter (6-0, 192) didn't have the type of senior year he had envisioned, nursing a nagging leg injury for much of it and the Cougars fell a game short in their quest for a second straight City Section title.

So Carter is ready to focus on the next step of his football career, and this past weekend he took an official visit to UCLA, the school he committed to in March.

"I really enjoyed myself on the trip," said Carter. "I got to know most of the players and got comfortable with them and everybody just had fun. Michael Norris was my host."

Carter was a lifelong UCLA fan and his visit to Westwood made his anticipation for going there grow even more. "I can't wait to come back here and start school and start playing," said Carter. "Everything I worked for was to come here and play. I plan to be here in the spring to watch and see what they do and get used to the system so I can be ready when I come in."

The #2 ranked running back in the West, Carter said that the Bruin staff sees him playing a role in the offense next fall. "Coach (Dino) Babers and Coach (Karl) Dorrell said that they want me to come in and contribute and they are expecting me to be ready to play," said Carter. "I plan to get some carries and get used to the system."

Carter was an early commit to the Bruins and said not once has his feeling for UCLA wavered. "I'm rock solid, a UCLA Bruin all the way," said Carter. "I was at the USC game and I had a lot of fun. I was in the locker room afterwards and everyone was all happy, they were all hyped and the the crowd was in to it. I can't wait to go back to the Rose Bowl and play."

On his visit, Carter weighed in at 192 and said he was adding more weight in an effort to get bulked up by the time he enrolled at UCLA. "I've been going through hard workouts and I've been working hard to get in shape. I leave next Friday for the Offense-Defense (All-American) Game and I want to go in there and compete for the starting job, show what I can do," said Carter. "When I weighed myself, I was at 192 so I need to bulk up a little more."

Carter finished the 2006 season with 893 yards and six touchdowns despite missing all or part of four games for the Cougars.

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