UCLA received their fourth commitment of the year from one of the nation's top offensive line prospects. Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw tackle Aleksey Lanis, 6-5, 315 pounds pulled the trigger earlier today announcing for the Bruins.
"I've been thinking about it for awhile and decided this was what I wanted to do," Lanis said. "I knew I wanted to stay close to home and I've liked UCLA a lot for some time. They were the first school to offer me and I really loved it there when I took an unofficial visit. I had a great time at their Junior Day and just feel so comfortable with all the coaches.
"Coach Cable is one of the best offensive line coaches around and they need lineman bad, they only have eight on the roster right now. He told me he has no problem playing freshman if they're good enough and I plan on being good enough to play right away. Coach Bieniemy was the one recruiting me and he's the best. When I called him and told him I wanted to commit, I could tell he was really excited. UCLA has been down a bit but I think they have what it takes to turn the program around and I'm excited to be a part of that."
Lanis is a two time first all-state Underclass selection and was also a Student Sports Junior All-American last season. He had a strong showing at the SoCal Nike Camp and is one of the most physical linemen we've seen at any of the camps so far. Lanis added that he plans on graduating early and will enroll at UCLA in time for Spring practice next year.