It was over a month ago when UCLA invaded South Florida to sign 2017 offensive guard, Zack Sweeney, and now the Pac-12 program is hoping to have similar success with Lentivone Lesane, an under-recruited tailback that measures in at an intriguing 6-foot-1, 186 pounds.
Lesane, a 2018 prospect that holds three offers after receiving word from the Bruins on Tuesday, is also a standout in track and field that participates in the 100-meter, 200-meter, and occasionally the 400-meter.
"The UCLA football team has a rich history of tradition and success," Lesane said. "From the only national championship to their five Rose Bowl wins and 17 conference titles, they have one of the greatest running backs as a coach in DeShaun Foster.
"He went to the NFL and played for the (Carolina) Panthers. I also heard their campus is awesome."
A product of Hialeah Gardens (Fla.) Mater Academy, Lesane says he was in the midst of preparing for a track meet when receiving the pleasant news from coach Jim Mora and the Bruins.
"I talked with DeShaun Foster," Lesane said. "He told me to keep working hard, stay focused, and keep running track because that will help me a lot. He said he will love to see me in April."
"Well, the Utah running back position has been a spot of strength for a long time," Lesane said. "Utah has a lot of running backs that have made it to the next level, and what I like about Utah is the love I get and the connection with the coaches.
"We talk almost every week. They talk to my mom and check on me all the time."
Lesane, being a track guy and there being other long-known running backs in Florida in the 2018 class, has gone somewhat under the radar. On film he looks big, fast and shifty, and he passed the eyeball test at The Opening Miami, looking legitmately 6-1. Once the spring evaluation period kicks into gear early next week, Lesane will likely be a hot topic
"Schools love my size and how I'm so explosive on the field," Lesane said.
Lesane has no leaders or visits scheduled at this time, even though he intimated he would like to make it out to UCLA in April for their spring practice.