Many Coaches See Carter

Donovan Carter, the 6-2, 227-pound linebacker prospect from Lake Balboa (Calif.) Birmingham, still has just one scholarship offer, but a great deal of interest from many schools, including the Pac-10 and UCLA. He tells us about the steady stream of college coaches coming by the Birmingham campus...

Lake Balboa (Calif.) Birmingham linebacker Donovan Carter (6-2, 227) is still sitting on one scholarship offer, but insists he's not worrying.

"Everyone keeps telling me to be patient, so I'm just being patient," said Carter. "Nothing new has really happened, so I'm just waiting it out."

Carter said that colleges have begun to come by the Birmingham campus and people are starting to eyeball him a little more. "Boise State, Michigan, Nevada, USC, they've all come by," said Carter. "Florida and Nebraska will be coming by. Florida is looking at (running back) Milton Knox and Coach Starr (the former Taft coach now at Florida) gave our name to Coach (Urban) Meyer so now that he's down there, we could hear more."

Carter said that USC will again be by next week and he's been in contact with them. "USC just texted me and said they are going to come by on the 15th. Coach Carroll said he wants to look at me in person. (Birmingham) Coach Croson said that UCLA would be coming by, too. A lot of schools I guess just want to see what I look like for themselves," said Carter.

Carter said that he's got a top five but things could change depending on the interest in him. "My top five right now is Oregon, San Diego State, UCLA, USC and California," said Carter. "I don't really have a favorite from them right now, because only San Diego State has offered me." But I'm thinking about Oregon's half-day camp so I can see it."

Carter had a good showing at the Los Angeles Scout Combine a week ago, earning all-combine honors. He was pleased with his play. "With those 1-on-1s, the linebackers are always at a disadvantage but I thought I held my own," said Carter. "Of course, Mychal (Rivera, his teammate who beat him in one matchup), is still talking about how he caught the ball on me. But I think with the running backs I showed what kind of player I am."

Carter had the fastest 3-cone shuttle of any linebacker at the combine and he was pleased with his shuttle time. "I can move well side-to-side," said Carter. "I'm open to playing any linebacker spot. I just want to play."

Carter said that because of only San Diego State offering, he's in no rush to narrow things down. "Right now, I've got all the time in the world to decide," said Carter.

Last fall, Carter led the Birmingham defense with 130 tackles and 5.5 sacks, plus an interception, and earned all-City Section honors after helping Birmingham to the 2006 City Section title.

Academically, Carter has a 2.6 GPA and is taking the SAT this spring.


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