"I committed to Coach (Karl) Dorrell and told him I was coming," said Carter. "I kind of new once they offered me that I was going to commit. You can't beat the academics and the location. It's close to home. My parents are really hyped."
Carter didn't get a whole lot of pub when recruiting for the class of 2006 began, but a strong performance at the Adidas Camp at UCLA, and then at the Scout.com Combine, opened some eyes.
"I had some schools that were looking at me, and some that offered me, but I never thought UCLA was going to offer me. Honestly, I was set to go to Fresno State. That's where I was going to commit to. But then UCLA started showing a lot of interest in me, and I always liked them. When they offered me, I knew," said Carter.
Carter will still take his official visit to UCLA the third weekend in December and original plans he had to take a visit to Fresno State are now on hold.
"I don't know if I'll take my trip there. I was going to go with Lonyae (Miller), but I'm not sure," said Carter.
His younger brother Chris, a junior linebacker for Kaiser, is one of the top linebackers in the class of 2007, and the elder Carter said that there is a chance both could be playing in Westwood together.
"Coach Dorrell told me that they like Chris a lot and that he is a guy they're looking at for next year. If he came, that would really be exciting. He's family and I'd love to play with my brother in college," said Carter.
Carter said that his mother and father were very excited about him going to UCLA. "They kept saying that you can't beat the education at UCLA. It's a degree that you can do anything you want with it. The football will be good, but the academics were very important to them. After I committed, my dad went out and bought UCLA gear," said Carter.
Carter said that while he's glad to get the decision out of his way, he won't rest on his laurels.
"Just because I decided doesn't mean it's done. I have to still work hard, work out and prove myself," said Carter. "I'll be working out a lot and getting ready. If I can play next year, then great. If I need to redshirt, I'll just work hard."
Kaiser will now face Palm Springs (Calif.) and Bruin commit Andy Keane in the CIF Division VIII semifinals. Carter has racked up 75 tackles and seven sacks on the season.
On Saturday, Carter will watch his future teammates take on USC.
"I was going with UCLA before in that game. But now I'm a Bruin so I'm definitely for them. Coach Dorrell is doing a great job turning the program around and I think they are going to be ready. I can't wait to play for a team that is on the rise," said Carter.