One of the top offensive linemen in the West region, Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw's Aleksey Lanis took in the USC Junior Day this past weekend and said he got a very good vibe from the Trojans. Could an offer be coming?
Lanis, 6-5, 300 pounds was a 1st team all-state Underclass selection and a Student Sports Junior All-American last season. He's a big, physical player with very good feet and made a nice transition from center to tackle last season.
"The Junior Day was great," Lanis said. "I really enjoyed watching the team practice although I regretted wearing all black since it was like 100 degrees there and I ended up getting a nice sun burn. I talked to Coach Burns (DB coach) during lunch and then spent some time with Coach Davis (OL coach).
"They didn't offer me but Coach Davis was really selling me hard on the school and acting like they want me pretty bad. At the close of the day, I talked with Coach Carroll and he just asked me how the day was going for me and how I was doing in school, things like that.
"SC is a great program and when you join the squad there, you have to be able to compete at the top of your game everyday or else someone else will get your spot. There's a lot of talent on the team now and in this incoming class, so competition for a spot would be tough, but if there is no competition then its no fun. I could really tell what a step up college ball is just by watching Drew Radovich. We played them two years ago and he just killed our entire defense. Then you see him out here and he was getting his butt kicked a lot because at this level, everyone is good."
UCLA remains the lone offer for Lanis and he still list the Bruins, Trojans and Michigan in his top three.