January 21, 2008

Carter takes in ASU

Lake Balboa (Calif.) Birmingham linebacker Donovan Carter is a soft commit to UCLA who took an official recruiting trip to Arizona State over the weekend. Carter spoke with ASUDevils.com about the visit and where is currently at in the recruiting process.

"It was a good trip," Carter said. "I was happy with how it went. I got to spend some time with coach (Dennis) Erickson and coach (Greg) Burns and I liked them both a lot. It was a nice place. I liked the stadium and the facilities overall were real good and they're building that indoor practice field."

The 6-foot-2, 226-pounder was hosted at ASU by T.J. Simpson. Carter said that two of the things he's most looking for in a college were present at ASU.

"Seeing the campus and talking the coaches was important because that's what really matters," Carter said. "The coaches kept it real with me. I talked to some of the players and they said the coaches aren't going to tell you stuff that isn't true. They are real cool, so when they say I have a chance to play early they're not lying. I want to go somewhere I can play if I work hard and deserve the opportunity."

Carter said that he is about a week or so away from a decision.

"I think coach Erickson is going to come and talk to my parents this week and UCLA is too I think," Carter said. "I'm still committed to UCLA but I'm not sure what I'm going to do. I have some thinking to do. I think I'll be able to decide what I want to do after these visits and I have some time to think about it a little bit more."

Carter admitted to feeling more confident about UCLA in recent weeks after the hiring of coach Rich Neuheisel and retention of defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker.

"It's been good," he said. "Everything seems to be coming together for UCLA. They've been contacting me a lot and just came by last week. I know they're trying to find an offensive coordinator but I like coach Neuheisel's energy and he's an alumni."

Carter is also considering Washington, a school he officially visited the weekend prior to his trip to Tempe.

"I have no concerns about going away from home," Carter said. "It's not a big deal. I kind of want to get away actually. It would just have to be something where I thought it was a better opportunity than what is here.

"My decision just really is about how I'm going to play. It's about if get a chance to play early and help the team out. And if I can be surrounded by a good class and have a chance to win a lot."

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