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Michigan offers California receiver

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Devin Lucien picked up another big offer Friday as the new four-star recruit at Encino (Calif.) Crespi continues to prove he's one of the best wide receivers on the West Coast.
Michigan wide receivers coach Tony Dews has been in contact with Lucien for weeks and the Wolverines finally offered the 6-foot-1, 189-pound prospect after a thorough analysis of Lucien on and off the field.
"Coach Tony Dews has been talking to me for a good month now and when they recruit their players it seems like they want to know everything about you," Lucien said.
"They talked to my head coach, they talked to a lot of people to see what they wanted to do with me because when they recruit people from the West Coast they want to do a full evaluation. After they were able to do that they ended up offering me a scholarship."
Michigan is a big-time offer for Lucien, who finished with five receptions for 135 yards including touchdown catches of 97 and 15 yards in Crespi's 28-14 playoff win over Los Alamitos Thursday night.
There is definite interest in the Wolverines although Lucien said he probably won't take an official visit to Ann Arbor until after his season.
"I'm very interested in Michigan," Lucien said. "That's a great, great program with tons of tradition and they're a winning program.
"They have great academics. It's just an all-around great school and I'm looking forward to taking a visit there. I'm not sure when right now but I'm going to be taking a visit there most likely."
Lucien recently made a jump to four-star status in the latest Rivals.com rankings. He's now No. 28 at wide receiver nationally and No. 42 in the state. There is certainly room for Lucien to move up even more because his senior season has been going so well.
Arizona State, UCLA, Air Force, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa State, Kentucky, New Mexico State, Oregon State, San Diego State and Tulsa have also offered Lucien, who's hearing from a bunch of new programs from across the country. More offers could be coming his way.
"Michigan State has been talking to me for a while now, too," Lucien said.
"I was able to give them my highlight tape and send out my transcripts. I'm just going to wait to see what they do. They've been talking to me and so has Nebraska and Washington."
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