One of the early birds to the UCLA table was three-star linebacker Donovan Carter (6-2, 226, 4.65) from Lake Balboa (Calif.) who committed to the Bruins in June. Like many other Bruin recruits since the coaching change, Carter has become the target of interest for many other colleges. He was however, one of 17 recruits who showed up on the UCLA campus last weekend.
"My trips to UCLA went really good," Carter said. "I just liked the fact that all the commits got together and were able to hang out.
"I really feel comfortable UCLA's coaches and getting to hang out the players gave me a great feeling how it is going to be in college," Carter said. "For the first time I was able to the whole college and UCLA is very impressive.
"I met with the academic councilors and they seem to want to help out a lot," Carter said. "So when I get there to UCLA I shouldn't have any trouble academically.
"Coach DeWayne Walker seems really comfortable as head coach," Carter said. "He just told us everything was going to be alright and my Dad enjoyed his time with Coach Walker.
"Even though the trip went good, I have to keep my options open," Carter said. "UCLA doesn't have a coach yet so I'm just going to take my visits and go from there.
"I'm going to visit Washington on January 11th and Arizona State on January 18th," Carter said. "There is a good chance that I will visit ASU with the twins (Birmingham defensive end bookends Malik Jackson and Marquis Jackson).
With twins and Carter one LA City Section head coach called the trio the devil's triangle. Once you go in there you disappear.
Carter led Birmingham in tackles with 129, he also had seven sacks, five forced fumbles, one interception and one fumble recovery.