It was a good week for Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw offensive lineman Aleksey Lanis . First he found out he was recently named a Student Sports Junior All-American and then picked up his first scholarship offer this past Wednesday.
"I got a written scholarship letter from Karl Dorrell at UCLA," Lanis said. "I'm really excited about this offer since it's my first, but hopefully not my last. I can't wait to see what school will be the next to offer. I have already called the coaches at UCLA and scheduled an unofficial visit for this coming Monday.
"UCLA has and will be one of my top choices. I kind of want to stay local so I've always liked UCLA and USC. I'm not going to make an early decision though, I want to get my trips done first so I can compare as many programs as possible and then make my decision on Signing Day. I'm not sure right now where I'll take all my trips but I know Michigan will be one of them, in fact, that's the first school I want to visit so I need to talk with them again to make sure they know I'm interested."
Lanis, 6-5, 300 pounds will be one of the elite prospects in the West Coast next year. He was a standout center as a sophomore before moving to his more natural position of tackle as a junior where he was named 1st team All-City, 1st team All-State Underclass as well Junior All-American. Lanis is originally from Russia where he also played basketball growing up and you can see it in the way he moves around on the field. He has great feet and athleticism for a big man and will attend the Nike Camp at San Diego State in April.