Devin Lucien Is Biding His Time

Encino (Calif.) Crespi receiver Devin Lucien says more schools are expressing interest and he expects more offers to come in...

Devin Lucien the 6-foot-1, 190-pound three-star wide receiver from Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino, Calif. has opened up the recruiting process and now denies a top five.

"I know I'm going to be getting a lot more offers soon because some schools that haven't offered yet are close, so now I'm just waiting on things," Lucien said.

With UCLA recently offering Lucien and Michigan, Nebraska and Michigan State talking about possible offers and setting up official visits, Lucien has decided to bide his time in the recruiting process.

"I'm working on setting up official visits with Michigan, Nebraska and Michigan State," he said. "They haven't offered but they're all talking about getting me out there for official visits. Washington is another school that hasn't offered yet, but they're going to be coming out to watch me at my game on Friday. And both Arizona and Oregon are also close to offering.

"I'm really comfortable with how my recruiting process has gone so far," he said. "Just to get one D1 offer is a great feeling."

Lucien says he took an official visit to Arizona State when the Sun Devils hosted the Washington State Cougars a few weeks back.

"I had a great time out there," he said. "I love those coaches and just love the trip. I'd say my most memorable part of it was just being in the locker room and talking with the receiving corps. Man, those guys had me cryin' laughing just because how funny they all are and because they just get along so good. I also really liked the atmosphere on game day. The fans there are so supportive of the program and all day they're just getting ready for the game. To feel that D1 college atmosphere on game day makes you just want to put on pads and play. That was such a great experience."

Lucien had plans to take an official visit to Colorado this weekend, but that trip has been cancelled.

"I was supposed to get out to Colorado this weekend, but since the head coach just got fired I'm going to wait," he said.

With Lucien now on many programs' radar, he's got his mind set on what he ultimately wants in a program.

"I just want to be somewhere where there's that brotherhood mentality and people are close with each other because that's how it is on my team at my high school," he said. "I want to be somewhere that's family-oriented and where there's no selfish people – a place where people want to win and get better.

"And right now, I can't say that I have a leader out of the schools that have offered or the ones that haven't," he said. "To be truthfully honest, I don't know where I'll end up going to school."

Crespi (6-3) takes on Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks tonight for a last ditch bid to make the playoffs.

Lucien says he's gained 1,064 yards receiving on 44 catches for 16 touchdowns.

He reports a 3.2 GPA and says he has not received his scores from when his Oct. 9 ACT.

"I think I did really good on it though," he said.

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