Lanis Talks About Commitment <br>to UCLA

Los Angeles Crenshaw's <b>Aleksey Lanis</b>, the 6-6 offensive line recruit originally from Russia, talks about his commitment to UCLA and when he plans to enroll in school...

After stewing over it for some time, Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw offensive linemen Aleksey Lanis, 6-5, 315, decided to go with his heart and the program the most loyal to him, and committed to UCLA on Thursday.

"I just wanted to get it over with and make my decision," said Lanis, who is UCLA's fourth committment, and second on the offensive line. "UCLA was my first offer and I want to help them get back to where they should be."

Lanis, an excellent student, chose the Bruins over Stanford, Arizona State and Oregon, while also having a few other elite programs being close to offering.

"I kind of knew that UCLA was going to be my choice, but I wanted to take some time with it and see what else was out there. But I knew that's where I wanted to go, so I decided to just make the commitment. Junior Day was fun and I got along great with the coaches."

Lanis is eager to join the Bruins and said he would like to try and graduate in January and enroll in the spring quarter, enabling him to participate in Spring Practice in 2005, which allows him to possibly battle for the position that will be vacated by Steve Vieira after this year.

"I really like Coach (Eric) Bieniemy. He is a great coach. And Coach (Tom) Cable, I can't wait to play for him. He's coached a lot of great offensive linemen. The coaches were real happy I committed."

An Junior All-American last year, and two-time All-State Underclass, Lanis is regarded as one of the best offensive linemen in the West and possibly the nation. Ironic when his original nation is Russia.

"I'm just excited to be able to stay close to my family and play in Los Angeles. Coming from Russia to now able to play college football is cool."

Lanis has a 3.8 GPA and scored a 1210 on his SAT, fully qualifying him for college.

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