Quarterback Rudy Carpenter (6-3, 190, 4.6) from Westlake, Calif., is definitely someone to keep your eye this coming season. It is an interesting year for quarterbacks in California. Many signal callers are on the recruiting radar and with a big season could end being very highly recruited this season. Carpenter is one.
Carpenter played at Newbury Park in 2002 throwing for 3,125 yards, 32 touchdowns and 19 picks. What makes his stats so impressive is he played behind a porous offensive line. Carpenter was on the run, on hike, and was hit on almost every pass play.
Carpenter’s performance was still good enough to be selected his league's offensive most valuable player, first-team all-county, first-team all-CIF and second-team all-state as a junior.
With nightmares of being chased by defensive linemen and linebackers in his past, Carpenter is poised for a huge senior season.
Carpenter caught a break when his family moved from Newbury Park to Westlake.
Playing for Westlake in 2003 there will be a solid offensive line protecting Carpenter and he has playmakers to get the ball to.
This season Carpenter won’t have to be a one-man band. Westlake was going to be a CIF favorite anyway, but with Carpenter Westlake has become that much better.
Carpenter has received calls from UCLA, USC, Arizona, BYU and Colorado State since September 1st. “I don’t have any written offers, yet,” Carpenter said. “But Michigan, USC, Arizona and Wyoming have offered verbally.”
What is Carpenter looking for in a school?
“I’m looking for a school for a mixture of a lot of different things,” Carpenter said. “Academics will be very important. I also want to go to a school where I will feel comfortable.”
“I’m looking for a school that has a strong athletic program, not just in football, but across the board,” Carpenter said. “When a school demands excellence, I think that means a lot.”