Not To Be Overlooked: Donovan Carter

While there are a few other junior prospects at Lake Balboa (Calif.) Birmingham that are getting more headlines, 6-2, 222-pound junior linebacker Donovan Carter led the City Section champs last season with 130 tackles, and is starting to get some recruiting interest in his own right...

It's pretty clear that UCLA is going to be spending a great deal of time at Birmingham High in Lake Balboa recruiting. The Patriots are the most talented team in the City Section and already are the heavy favorites to repeat as City Champs in 2007.

The twin junior defensive ends, Malik and Marquis Jackson, are getting attention, and then there's, of course, running back Milton Knox, who was City Section Player of the Year.

A little more un-sung is linebacker Donovan Carter (6-2, 222), who had a big junior year, leading the Patriots' defense with 130 tackles and 5.5 sacks, plus an interception, while earning all-City Section honors.

Earlier this week, Carter picked up his first scholarship offer, from San Diego State, and the Aztecs are part of an early list of Carter's favorites that also includes California, UCLA, Oregon, Miami and Notre Dame.

"I got my first offer from San Diego State this week but as teams are getting my highlight tape, I can see more offers coming in," said Carter.

San Diego State signed one of Carter's close friends last month, receiver Aubrey Smith, who Carter played with his first two years at West Hills Chaminade.

"They've been contacting me for a while," said Carter. "I was invited to their Junior Day."

UCLA has Carter's attention as well. The Bruins have offered Milton Knox, and are recruiting the Jackson twins, so Carter knows UCLA has been in touch with Birmingham pretty regularly. "I'd love to go to UCLA and play," said Carter. "I know UCLA likes the twins and Milton and I'd love to stay with them."

USC and Miami are two other programs that Carter said he'd like to hear from more. He's very interested in Oregon and Cal, who have showed him a good deal of early attention.

"Coach (Ed) Croson just gave me a questionnaire from USC and they want my highlight tape, so I'll send that out. I know they recruit everyone. If they even look at my tape, that's a good thing," said Carter.

Carter said he was in no hurry to make a decision. "I want to go through the process and take some visits," said Carter. "Leaving the state isn't a problem or even going back east because my mom lives on the east coast."

Academically, Carter has a 2.6 GPA and will take the SAT in May.

He will attend the Combine next month at the Home Depot Center.

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