Carter to Make Decision Soon

The 6-2, 228-pound linebacker prospect from Lake Balboa (Calif.) Birmingham, Donovan Carter, who is on's Top 100 players in the west for 2008, is close to making a decison about college. He talked to us about the school in the Pac-10 that recently offered him and where he's leaning...

Lake Balboa (Calif.) Birmingham linebacker Donovan Carter (6-2, 228) said that he could be making a decision in the new few weeks.

"My dad wants me to decide when I get out of school for the summer," said Carter. "I would like to take some trips, but I have to see what my family thinks. I'm going to summer school so I want to focus on that and football."

Washington offered Carter a scholarship at the beginning of this week, the third Pac-10 school to offer him, along with Arizona and UCLA. And Carter said the nearby Bruins are standing out.

"I think I'm leaning more towards UCLA," said Carter. "It's the only campus I've been to but I liked what I saw from the school and from the coaches."

Carter was offered by the Bruin coaching staff in early May after Head Coach Karl Dorrell visited the Birmingham campus specifically to see him and Milton Knox.

"Coach (Chuck) Bullough is the coach I've talked with for my position, and I've also talked to Coach (Eric) Scott and Coach (DeWayne) Walker, but it was Coach Dorrell who came by to visit me and Milton and then he offered," said Carter. "That meant a lot to me."

UCLA already has commitments from two linebackers – Patrick Larimore of Newhall Hart and Uona Kaveinga of Lawndale Leuzinger. Seeing where Carter might fit in, the talented athlete said that the Bruin staff likes him on the weakside.

"They want me to play the ‘Will' because they need an athletic guy and someone to go out into coverage," said Carter. "I've played middle for Birmingham, but I think I can play anywhere. I'm still learning as I go, but I'm not locked into one spot. I like man, and I like to blitz. I can adjust."

Oregon and USC have also been keeping a gauge on Carter, Pete Carroll visiting the school during the evaluation period, as well Oregon assistants. The Ducks have already secured a verbal from Carter's teammate, tight end Mychal Rivera, and he's spoken with them about the current interest level.

"I'm still talking to Oregon, but they only have a few spots for linebacker this year," said Carter. "The coaches say they are still interested in me. San Diego State (Carter's first offer), they told me I could play anywhere at linebacker."

Carter was hoping that May would have netted him more offers, but he is still pleased with how his recruitment is going. "May was a good month, but I didn't really get that many offers," said Carter. "It's starting to pick up, though."

Carter earned all-combine honors at the Los Angeles Combine in April. 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 2.8 GPA and is waiting for his SAT score.

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