Los Angeles Tackle Open at the Moment

Southern California offensive tackle prospect Aleksey Lanis, 6-6 and 300 pounds, is hearing from most of the nation's top football programs. Are the Irish in the hunt to land this top recruit?

Offensive tackle will certainly be a big need for the Irish in the 2005 recruiting class. Aleksey Lanis would seem to be a perfect fit for Notre Dame.

Having been born in Siberia, Russia, the cold weather in South Bend would seem relatively mild to this recruit.

Has he heard from Notre Dame? "Yeah, I've been getting letters from them," said Lanis. "I have their questionnaire filled out and ready to send back to them, I just haven't had time to send it. I will soon."

Is he interested in the Irish? "Definitely, I'm definitely interested in Notre Dame."

So far, Lanis's only offer has come from the Bruins of UCLA. However, this is sure to change as he is widely regarded to be one of the best, if not the best, offensive line prospects on the West Coast.

He claims not to have a top five at the moment. "I'm really interested in all of the schools I'm hearing from right now. I like UCLA, obviously, because they are the only school that has offered me, but I really don't have a favorite right now. My top five changes every day."

Has he set a timeframe for making a decision? "As late as possible. However, I'd like to enroll early so that may be a factor."

What's going to be the biggest factor in picking a school? "I'm going to look at the school itself. Obviously, I want to make sure I like the school and the coaching staff. I'm also going to look at academics."

As far as academics are concerned, Lanis will have no trouble qualifying. He has a 3.5 overall g.p.a. and already scored a 1210 on his SAT.

Lanis attended the USC junior day this past weekend. He also plans to attend the Nike camp at San Diego State this summer.

Comments: Lanis seems to be very open at the moment. Notre Dame would seem to be a good fit given his strong academic background and our desperate need for offensive line help. However, the University's policy against early enrollment may once again hurt the Irish because Lanis is definitely looking to enroll early. We'll have to wait and see, but it doesn't look good for the Irish as long as early enrolloment remains a priority for Lanis.

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