Prep sack machine captures attention of WSU

ONE OF THE recruiting stops for Washington State this week was about an hour east of L.A. at Kaiser High in Fontana. Defensive coordinator Robb Akey was there to touch base with Chris Carter, because all he does is sack quarterbacks. He's also the rare early high school graduate, scheduled to earn his diploma in December and begin taking college courses in January.

Defensive coordinator Robb Akey was at Kaiser on Wednesday to meet Carter (6-2.5, 215) face to face. The pair was only able to talk for about 20 minutes as film study on this week's semi-final playoff opponent about to get underway but Carter said Akey told him he would be seeing him again soon, probably next week sometime on an in-home visit.

"He said he loved my film," said Carter. "Now, Akey, he reminds me of my old coach, straight laced and a hard guy. Real cool, real strict. But those are the kinds of things you like in a coach."

There's also a lot to like about Carter.

Through last week's playoff win over Riverside North, he'd racked up 18 sacks among his 88 tackles. As a junior, he tallied 13 sacks among his 89 tackles, earning all-state and all-CIF honors. He lines up at defensive end at Kaiser and while schools mostly see him at linebacker at the next level, some are also talking to him about keeping his hand down and coming off the edge.

THE RECRUITING WILDCARD for Carter is UCLA, the school where brother David just completed his freshman season. The Bruins have not offered, asking Carter to be patient while some of their offers outstanding get cleared up. For his part, Carter is fine with that.

"I talked to them the other day and they pulled me aside, told me they're definitely still looking at me, still recruiting me. They have two scholarships left, or one scholarship left and they're giving some serious thought about who they're going to give the scholarship to. They're telling me to definitely keep my eyes on them and don't lose any interest in them and they haven't lost any in me, so that's okay," said Carter.

This week, Idaho was in on an in-home, Utah State was at Kaiser and Colorado State called looking to set up an official visit. By the time the Idaho in-home was over, Carter had a Vandals' offer, bringing his total to six along with Oregon State, Colorado, Washington, Fresno State and Utah State.

Akey won't be the only one stopping by the Carter home next week, as Dennis Erickson will be by for an in-home. Carter also noted he was impressed with the Utah State in-school visit; "I came away with a real nice vibe."

CARTER WAS SCHEDULED to trip to Oregon State this past weekend for the Civil War but the playoffs made the trip impossible.

"I'm going to reschedule that one for January, I already talked to the Oregon State coach about it, we don't have a specific date on that one yet," said Carter.

If Kaiser wins this weekend, his first available weekend for an official visit would be Dec. 15 but that date is already spoken for, with a trip to Fresno State scheduled.

"Everything is starting to get real jam packed, a lot of schools are finding I want to come in early," said Carter. "It's kind of exciting, though. Most people tend to get stressed out about this thing but I'm getting pretty hyped."

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