Lucien Lands Offer from UCLA

Encino (Calif.) Crespi receiver Devin Lucien picked up an offer yesterday from the Bruin staff, after a strong start to senior year, and he talks about what this offer does to his recruitment...

Encino (Calif.) Crespi receiver Devin Lucien was frustrated going into the fall, outperforming numerous receivers at various camps and combines, both locally and nationally, but not having as many offers to choose from.

So Lucien has taken it out on opposing secondaries, to the tune of 780 yards receiving on 37 receptions and 12 touchdowns, helping new Celts quarterback Kenneth Stenhouse lead the Crespi offense after Bryan Bennett (now at Oregon) ran it the past three years.

Thanks to his production on the field, Lucien has carved out a few more offers, including a big, local one he'd been wanting for a while.

"I had gone to a UCLA practice and talked with Coach (Norm) Chow and Coach (Rick) Neuheisel, but it wasn't until this week that I talked to Coach Neuheisel on the phone and he said he was offering me a scholarship," said Lucien. "It was a huge surprise. I didn't think I would get an offer from them because they had been going after other receivers. But I was really excited and it was big."

The Bruins follow Arizona State, who offered Lucien earlier this month, in recent offers, and Lucien said more schools, from around the country, are showing interest.

"We've sent my mid-season film out and now I'm hearing more from Nebraska, Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina, Wisconsin and some others," said Lucien. "Coach (Jon) Mack has been so great to play for and I'm lucky enough to have him my last year. He knows coaches everywhere."

Mack previously was at St. Bonaventure HS in Ventura, and sent players all over the country, which is benefitting Lucien. But still, the SoCal native is looking more to the Pac-10, or Pac-12 schools.

"I'm visiting Arizona State on October 30th and I'm going out to Colorado on November 13th," said Lucien. "I haven't even thought about what Colorado in the same division as UCLA or USC has meant to my recruitment, but it's good to know that option is available."

Lucien said he would like take three more official visits, but isn't sure UCLA will be one of them.

"Honestly, I've been up to UCLA so many times and it's close by that I could go there unofficially," said Lucien. "I might go there though. I'm not sure. I'm going to their game in November (against Oregon State)."

Lucien said the newest offer has further muddled his list.

"Up until recently, I had a top five, but now it's getting so crazy that I really don't have a favorite school. I know I'm going to visit Arizona State and Colorado and UCLA is up there too. I think I'm just going to let it play out for a while."

Lucien and the Celts are 5-2 on the season, and play Alemany tonight.


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