Carter Has Friends in High Places

Desman Carter, the 6-1, 200-pound defensive back from Fontana (Calif.) Kaiser, had teammates commit to both UCLA and USC in February, so he's very familiar with the recruiting process, and is hearing about both schools regularly...

Fontana (Calif.) Kaiser was one of only three schools in the Southland this past year that had players sign National Letters of Intent with USC and UCLA, with Anthony Brown committing to USC and Josh Shirley to UCLA (Corona and Serra were the other two schools).

And both the Bruins and Trojans, as well as numerous other Pac-10 schools, are back recruiting at Kaiser, to continue to pursue prospects from the Cats' program.

One of Kaiser's top recruits is safety Desman Carter, a 6-1, 200-pounder, who could also play cornerback at the next level. And schools not just from SoCal are taking a serious interest in him.

"I don't have any offers yet, but I'm hearing a lot from Washington, probably the most from them," said Carter. "Coach (Demetrice) Martin said he wanted to get some of my game film and they could be offering me early. And of course, USC and UCLA. I'm going up to USC this weekend (last weekend) for their Junior Day and then I'm going to UCLA in a couple of weeks. But I'm hearing from California, Oregon, Alabama, Florida, Boise State and Michigan too," said Carter.

Carter said the Huskies have been recruiting him the hardest. "Coach Martin is who I talk to and he's a good guy. I'm thinking they could be my first offer," said Carter.

Carter said the two Los Angeles schools also have a good position with him, with Shirley headed to UCLA and Brown to USC.

"Anthony keeps telling me that SC will recruit me and Josh is talking up UCLA a lot to me. I'd like to go to a place where I can get along with the players and the coaches. I learned a lot about the recruiting process from Josh and Anthony, and I talk to Josh every day about it," said Carter.

Carter said his ideal position is safety, but that some schools think his fluid ability and feet could make him a corner at the next level.

He saw Brown make an early decision and Shirley decide on Signing Day, so he knows the value in both time frames, but he's leaning towards Shirley's approach.

"I want to be able to take some official visits and do it how Josh did, and wait until Signing Day," said Carter.

Carter is planning a busy spring, with the Schuman's Combine this weekend, the USC Rising Stars and UCLA Camp this summer, and working with the B2G Instinct Training.

He's coming off a year in which he had 75 tackles, three interceptions, two pass deflections, a sack and a fumble recovery.

Academically, he has a 2.7 GPA and will take the SAT on March 13.

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