Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham is absolutely loaded in the class of 2008 and will once again be among the stateâ€™s top teams. Last yearâ€™s L.A City champions return most of their top performs including talented linebacker Donovan Carter.
Carter, 6-1, 220 pounds had a big junior season totaling 128 tackles, six sacks and one interception that he returned for a touchdown. He earned 1st team all-league, all-city and all-area honors and draws raves from Patriot coach Ed Croson.
â€œDonovan is just a tremendous player,â€ Croson said. â€œHe does everything for our defense. He calls the plays, he gets the guys in the right places and heâ€™s a very good leader for us.
â€œThose are just his intangibles. As for his ability, heâ€™s a big hitter and very aggressive. He can really fly to the ball and plays the run well. He can cover as well but heâ€™s a natural run stuffing inside linebacker with just a huge upside to him.â€
On the recruiting front, Carter is still waiting for his first scholarship offer but is hearing from a host of schools right now.
â€œOregon, San Diego State and Arizona State are recruiting me the hardest right now,â€ Carter said. â€œIâ€™m just waiting things out and seeing what my options are.
â€œRight now, the schools I would put in my top five would be Cal, Oregon, San Diego State, Washington and Miami. I have no problem leaving the area and Iâ€™m just looking for a school with the best combination of academics and athletics.â€