We had a chance to see Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei sophomore offensive lineman DeAndre Carter in action twice last week and it’s easy to see why he’s one of the nation’s most coveted prospects in the 2024 class.

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We first saw Carter at the Monarchs College Showcase last Thursday and then again Sunday at the UC Report Elite Underclassmen Combine in Oakland. He had a dominant sophomore year for Mater Dei, last year’s Max Preps National Champs and he looks even better this spring.

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He’s still a massive kid but looks leaner at about 6-4, 325 pounds and has always shown surprising quickness and agility for a player his size. He’s moving better, especially laterally, is incredibly strong and plays with advanced technique, making him extremely tough to deal with.

Carter earned a well deserved invite to the ’24 Under Armor All-American Game and was one of our Top Performers following the camp as well. He’s rated the No. 40 player nationally in the 247Sports Composite and No. 38 in the Top247.

On the recruiting front, Carter will have just about every offer in the country by the time he’s a senior and already holds offers from schools like Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State, Tennessee, Texas, UCLA and USC .

He visited Cal on Saturday and has also been to Alabama, LSU, UCLA and USC.

“I liked it at Cal,” Carter said. “It’s a great academic school and I liked the campus a lot. I was able to meet up with a few of the coaches and watch some film and that was cool.

“It has a different vibe than being in SoCal but I liked it there. I felt comfortable with everyone I met and it’s a school I would consider visiting again for sure and spending more time there.”

Carter said he has been to USC numerous times and it was one of the schools he liked growing up.

“I started watching football when I was five or six and USC was the school I watched a lot,” Carter said. “I liked their uniforms a lot plus that was the local school for me too.

“I have some former teammates at USC and I like the coaching staff a lot. It feels like family when I’m up there, it feels like home so I have a lot of interest.”

Carter said he went to a couple of UCLA Spring practices this year.

“UCLA looked good and I liked it there as well,” Carter said. “They’re a local school too and I watched them growing up.

“I met some of the players and they were great and I like the coaching staff too. It felt great to get an offer from them because I know they don’t offer a lot of players.”

Carter was also able to attend Junior Days at Alabama and LSU.

“Alabama was amazing,” Carter said. “I met coach Saban and he offered me on that visit so that was pretty special for me. They have a great football program and one of the best staffs in the country.

“I like their style of play and they know how to develop guys and get them drafted. Talking with coach Saban was definitely a highlight but I met a few other coaches too including coach Wolford, the OL coach and got along great with everyone.”

LSU was a good time for Carter as well.

“LSU was a great visit as well,” Carter said. “Brian Kelly is a great head coach and it was cool to meet him and the rest of the staff. I met a lot of the players on the team and they were very welcoming and the faculties and campus in general was really nice there.

“Right now, it’s really early for me and I’m still open to everyone. I want to keep taking more visits and would love to see as many schools this summer as I can. I don’t have anything set up right now