WSU makes strong impression on safety's visit

RATED ONE OF the top 10 safety prospects in the state of California for the '09 class by Scout, Anthony Carpenter says he came away impressed with the Washington State experience and family atmosphere out on the Palouse this past weekend -- his parents came up for the trip as well. And the safety prospect doesn't foresee a verbal commitment as imminent, but one school has inched ahead.

Anthony Carpenter (6-1, 185)  
Junipero Serra High, Gardena, CA

Gut reaction:
"I really enjoyed the Washington State visit...The academic support staff and the coaching staff was like a family, and the players were too," said Carpenter.

Expectations on WSU trip and comparing the WSU and Nebraska officials:
"It met my expectations...They were pretty equal to me, I really liked both of them," said Carpenter.

Inching ahead:
"Actually because of the trip, Washington State stands out a bit," said Carpenter.

His take on Paul Wulff and Cougar coaching staff:
Carpenter said he spent the most time with his area recruiting coach, Steve Broussard but also had a chance to sit down for a good while with Wulff and co-defensive coordinator Chris Ball; "Coach Wulff was talking about recruiting players with character that are also great athletes -- guys that come in and make an impact on the team and coach Ball talked to me about that, too. Because when you have safeties who can come in, if you have good safeties, you have a good defense," said Carpenter.

How much of an impact this year's record will have on his decision:
"Not so much. I don't really care about wins and losses now. Last year's record is not going to matter the next year," said Carpenter.

Parents' take:
"They really liked it. They really liked the academics. It was just an overall good experience for them," said Carpenter.

Player host:
Romeo Pellum, and Carpenter and Pellum already knew each other before Carpenter's visit to Washington State -- Pellum used to be at Junipero Serra before transferring to Santa Fe High prior to his senior year.

Where he goes from here:
"I'm taking a visit to Arizona when they play Arizona State. Colorado has been calling me lately, and then Oregon and ASU too," said Carpenter.

The book on Carpenter:
Junipero Serra (9-0) has outscored opponents 407 - 97 through nine games, holding the opposition to seven points or fewer in five of those games. It means things are going great but it also means players like Carpenter are having short nights. "I've only played two full games this year," said Carpenter, who has 35 tackles, 1 sack and 1 fumble recovery this season.

What his decision timetable is looking like:
"Maybe a December, maybe an early January decision," said Carpenter.

  • There are four minutes of Carpenter's 2007 highlight clips available on his player page here: Anthony Carpenter. As a junior, he logged 74 tackles.

  • Carpenter is teammates with Carl Winston, who was also out on the Palouse this weekend. If you missed the earlier report on Winton's official visit to Wazzu, click on his name to go to his player page.

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