Rivals100 for 2007: No. 86 overall
Rivals.com running backs: No. 10
Rivals.com California top 100: No. 9
Crenshaw High School has one of the top programs in Los Angeles, but the school doesn't get the respect other schools in the Southland region receive. Four-star running back Raymond Carter plans on changing that by starring for the West squad in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl.
The 6-foot, 190-pound Rivals100 selection should be one of the top offensive weapons in the Jan. 4 game that will be played in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and carried live on ESPNU.
Five facts about Raymond Carter
• His sports hero: DeShaun Foster.
• What he wants to accomplish in life: To be financially stable and a positive role model to children.
• Picked UCLA over Arizona, USC, and Nebraska.
• Carter plans to major in business management.
• His favorite movie: Bad Boys II.
"It's exciting to be one of the top players in the game," Carter, the nation's No. 86 player, said. "I just want to go out there and prove to people that I'm one of the best backs in the nation. I'm pumped about the game being on national TV. That'll be a good chance to get some really good exposure for Crenshaw and for me.
"It'll be a chance to show people what I'm all about."
Carter said once he found out the details of the game, his role in it was not in doubt.
"I was excited to get invited, and it was a surprise for me," Carter said. "When Rick Kimbrel called me and asked me to play in the game, I was like 'Heck yeah, I'm going to play in the game.' I've been to Miami before, so it'll be fun to get back. Last time I was down there was to run club track in the Junior Olympics. I remember that it was a really fun place and the weather was great."
Carter is a long-time UCLA commitment, and the pledge is strong.
"That's where I wanted to go, and I had the opportunity to go, so I took advantage of it," Carter said. "That's the best place for me."