SoCal Receiver Likes Bears

Encino (Calif.) Crespi receiver Devin Lucien has picked up offers from the Big 10 and Big 12. He awaits his first Pac-10 offer but favors four programs from that conference early on, including California...

Devin Lucien (6-0, 180) was one of the top playmakers in the Serra League as a 2009 junior, one of the toughest leagues in the West.

That success is paying off for Lucien, who has picked up his first two offers.

"Colorado and Illinois have offered me," said Lucien. "Coach (Paul) Petrino is the coach recruiting me for Illinois and Coach (Darian) Hagan was the recruiter for Colorado."

Lucien, who had four offensive teammates sign with BCS schools earlier this month, said he was excited to get those offers.

"Oh yes, I was very excited," said Lucien. "It takes a lot of pressure off my shoulders. I hope to get a lot more though."

Lucien said Oregon could be the next school to come through with an offer.

"Oregon is on me real tough. They said they were waiting for spring," said Lucien, who had two teammates, quarterback Bryan Bennett and center Hroniss Grasu, sign with the Ducks.

He's also hearing from several other schools, predominantly in the West.

"I'm also hearing from Arizona, UCLA, California, Utah, Washington, Iowa State (where two more teammates signed) and I'm praying that Oklahoma offers," said Lucien.

Lucien said that he had five schools standing out, four from the Pac-10.

"My top five are Oregon, Cal, Arizona, Oklahoma and UCLA," said Lucien.

Lucien said he's hoping to go through the whole recruiting process and take some official visits.

As a 2009 junior at Crespi, Lucien had 46 receptions for 702 yards and scored 10 touchdowns.

He was one of the standout performers at the U.S. Army All-American Combine last month in San Antonio.

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