December 10, 2007

Carter looking at ASU

The firing of UCLA coach Karl Dorrell has led several Bruin verbal commitments to re-think their recruitment, one of whom is Lake Balboa (Calif.) Birmingham linebacker Donovan Carter. We spoke with Carter on Sunday about his recruitment and how Arizona State might fit into his visit plans.

"It was just real tough," Carter said, when asked about Dorrell being released. "I like coach Dorrell but I know it's a business. A lot of times you go to a school and the coach won't be there your full four years.

"Right now I'm just going to see what they do with the new staff. I just want to see what else is out there in case they bring somebody else in. The reason why I committed there is I like the defensive coordinator and my position coach. If they stayed there is a good chance I would still go to UCLA."

In the meantime, Carter is planning to examine other options. A teammate, 4-star defensive end Malik Jackson (a Fresno State commit), mentioned Arizona State to Carter as a possible option, which led to quick communication between the two parties.

"I talked to Coach (Jamie) Christian once before and then called me last night and he said they were real interested and he would be out here some time next week. He asked if I wanted to set up a home visit and hopefully do a trip," Carter said. "We're going to have the home visit and then try to set up my visit out there.

"He told me the defensive coordinator (Craig Bray), who is the position coach, liked me. He wanted a chance to talk to my parents and he wants me to get a chance to go see the campus and see if I like it."

Carter, Jackson and fellow teammate, running back Milton Knox, who is also a soft commit to UCLA, are all being pursued by the Sun Devils.

Washington is another school that Carter, the No. 19 ranked inside linebacker in the country by Rivals.com, may visit in January.

"I just want to get a good vibe when I get there and see what the coach has to say and the area and if I get a chance to help out the team. I also want to see the education and if the school can help me out after I graduate."

The 6-foot-2, 230 pound Carter said he wanted at least three of the Sun Devils' games this season.

"It's a good school," Carter said. "I've heard good things about it. I heard the facilities are nice and I know coach Erickson is a good coach. I'm interested in learning more."

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