Lanis: "Solid" With Bruins

The elite offensive lineman prospect, 6-6, 300-pound <b>Aleksey Lanis</b>, confirms that he's "solid" with his commitment to UCLA, and talks about why offensive line coach Tom Cable is one of the main reasons...

After some question as to whether or not UCLA commit Aleksey Lanis, 6-6, 300, Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw, was still looking at other schools, mainly Stanford, he is putting those questions to rest.

"I am pretty solid there and really think that is where I'll end up," said Lanis. "How could I not want to go there after seeing the way Coach (Tom) Cable's offensive line has been performing?"

The big offensive lineman from Crenshaw High attended the UCLA-Oklahoma State game and had some thoughts on it. "They just made a lot of dumb mistakes but the offensive line looked good. The team is really young on defense and they have had some injuries, but we'll be fine."

Updating us on his season, in his team's first game he took on a top d-end prospect in Michael Shelton, from Compton Dominguez.

"Shelton is real quick but I more than held my own against him," Lanis said. "Our two teams actually got into a fight that cleared the sidelines that had a lot to do with his actions. He started talking a lot of smack with one of our guys and it just went from there. I think I have been playing well this season, though. I have made plenty of pancake blocks."

Crenshaw is 1-1 on the year and has had trouble with holding onto the football. "I do not even know how we are 1-1 since we've had 11 turnovers," explained Lanis.

The Bruin commit has also been seeing some time on defense. "The first game I got in for two or three plays at d-tackle and last game I got in for a series. I think they are going to try to work me in more on defense from here on out."

Despite playing on defense, Lanis thinks the offensive line is definitely where he'll play when he comes to UCLA. "I hope I play offensive tackle there, but really if they want me at guard or center I am fine with that, too. I am up for anything."

Other schools to call Lanis this month include Washington, Arizona State, and Stanford. The Bruins' staff was the first to call.

The lineman re-iterated again that he would like to major in Business Economy and minor in Math at UCLA. He is fluent in Russian, since its the main language used in his home. Lanis moved to L.A. from Russia when he was eight.

He has not scheduled his official visit to Westwood yet, but thinks he'll try to make it on the weekend of the USC game.

Cresnshaw takes on Colton, this Friday.

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