Two years ago while while attending the Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw- Los Angeles (Calif.) Fremont game to check out lineman Brandon Mebane and receiver Mark Bradford, we couldn't help but notice two other great looking prospects. One of them was a then junior tight end from Fremont named Thomas Herring who took a little pop pass and outran the entire Crenshaw secondary for a touchdown. The other player was just a sophomore, but Crenshaw offensive lineman Aleksey Lanis was incredible that day and will be one of the top line prospects in the West next year.
Lanis, 6-5, 300 pounds played center for the 'Shaw that season but moved to his more natural position of tackle as a junior. The lineman, originally from Russia, had another strong season this past year earning 1st team All-City and 1st team All-State Underclass honors.
Lanis is a very talented player and should be recruited by just about every school in the country next season. For his size, Lanis has great feet and is very athletic. When we saw him as a sophomore, he showed great quickness coming off the ball and was even used to pull from his center position on sweeps and counters. Lanis played left tackle this year and again showed off the same athleticism we loved the previous year but was much stronger and just manhandling players.
"Right now I'm hearing the most from Michigan," Lanis said. "They have been the most active in sending me letters and I know that's one school I really want to visit. I like UCLA and USC too and I'll probably camp with both of those schools. Right now I'm pretty wide open because it's so early but those would be my top three schools at this time."