One player who definitely helped his stock at the recent NIKE Camp at USC this past Saturday was Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham linebacker Donovan Carter. Carter was rated among the top three 'backers in the camp and looks like a high level Div I prospect in our eyes.
Coming in to the NIKE Camp last weekend, we expected a big performance from Carter and he definitely delivered. Although the athlete has just one offer at the time, we love his upside and feel he could play for just about anyone out West.
Carter measured in a rock solid 6-1.5, 226 pounds. He was one of the most physically impressive looking players in the camp and shined throughout.
"He's smooth and very athletic running in space," NIKE lead LB coach Chris Gizzi said. "He's smart and takes good angles to the ball carrier. This allows him to really uncoil in to blockers and ball carriers and he packs a punch.
"He already has a good frame and will continue to be able to put on weight and add strength once he gets immersed in a solid strength program. I really like his upside a lot."
On the recruiting front, San Diego State is the lone offer for Carter, which is very surprising to us after seeing his film and his showing on Saturday.
"I'm hearing from a lot of schools right now but I still have that one offer," Carter said. "I think a couple of others could be close but I'm just being patient and waiting.
"The schools I'm interested in right now are Oregon, UCLA, Cal, Miami, San Diego State and USC. That would be my top six and it would be great to get an offer from one of those schools in addition to SDSU."
As a junior, Carter earned all-city honors after totaling 128 tackles and six sacks.