UCLA Offer Changes Things for Carter

There were many college coaches coming by Lake Balboa (Calif.) Birmingham to see linebacker Donovan Carter last week, and then Friday, Karl Dorrell made the trip and offered the 6-2, 227-pound prospect a scholarship. Carter talked to us about how the offer changes his recruitment...

Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham linebacker Donovan Carter (6-2, 227) knew college coaches would be on campus over the course of last week, and he wanted to make a good impression.

When UCLA head coach Karl Dorrell visited on Friday, he knew that Milton Knox was the likely object of Dorrell's attention. By the time the day was done, though, Carter realized that Dorrell was just as interested in seeing him and the weekend came with Carter picking up a scholarship offer from the Bruins.

"Coach Dorrell came by the school and saw us and I didn't really know if I was going to get an offer," said Carter. "When they got the commitment from (Patrick) Larimore, I thought they would be done with linebackers, but when we talked he said they he wanted to offer me. I was pretty excited about that."

While Carter said it wasn't enough to make him commit on the spot, the offer definitely moved the Bruins up on his list. "I definitely have high interest in them, they'd be my leader," said Carter. "More schools will be coming by so I could get some more offers."

Carter watched teammate Mychal Rivera, Birmingham's tight end, pick up an offer from Oregon earlier in the week, and he admitted he was a little envious about Rivera picking up a Pac-10 offer. "Oregon and Washington came by and then Oregon offered Mychal," said Carter, who's first offer was from San Diego State. "I was just being patient and hoping an offer from the Pac-10 came."

That it came from the local school, where he's been a few times to visit unofficially, and it made it even more gratifying. "I've been a fan of the L.A. schools for a long time, and I want to stay close to home," said Carter. "My family was pretty happy that I have a chance to stay close by."

Carter, who earned all-combine honors last month at the Los Angeles Scout.com Combine, said he is still planning to take some time and make a decision, possibly waiting until late in the season.

Last fall, Carter led the defense with130 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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