UCLA is on Lancaster Athlete

UCLA has done well in recent years finding recruitng diamonds in the rough, and Andre Crenshaw, the 5-10, 180-pound running back/defensive back from Lancaster (Calif.) Antelope Valley, might be the next one...

Lancaster (Calif.) Antelope Valley athlete Andre Crenshaw (5-10, 180) still says UCLA is his leader – and his only scholarship offer.

"Yeah, UCLA is my only official offer yet, Crenshaw said, "But I heard from a bunch of schools this month. Arizona, Oregon State, Washington, Boise State, Oregon and Idaho, they've all called me and said they like what they see."

The Bruins offered Crenshaw early in the summer, and the Wildcats could be next. "They told me that they think they could offer soon. I'm just waiting it out and seeing what else my options are," Crenshaw said.

Besides listing UCLA as his favorite, Crenshaw said Arizona, Oregon State, Oregon, Boise State and Washington are right behind the Bruins.

"UCLA has a great campus, a great program and I really like coach (Karl) Dorrell and coach (Eric) Bieniemy. They are recruiting me as an athlete and I'd play either running back or cornerback. I'd like offense, but it doesn't matter to me, I just want to help the team."

Crenshaw took an unofficial visit to UCLA earlier this summer and was at the Bruins game against Washington on Saturday.

"I thought they were going to whoop their butts a little more than they did, but it was a win. I talked to Coach (Jim) Svoboda and Coach (Eric) Bieniemy in the locker room after the game. I was at the Rice game too, but there was a different atmosphere for this game. It was real cool being there."

While the Bruins are his leader, Crenshaw said he didn't want to commit because he wants to make some visits outside of Southern California for something to compare to UCLA. "My family wants me to stay close to home, and that's important to me, but I at least want to see what schools outside of California are like," Crenshaw said.

Crenshaw has yet to set up his first official visit, though he said he would be taking one to UCLA, but he's just not sure when. He's also hoping to be at the Bruins game against Cal this weekend.

This past weekend, Antelope Valley took on Loyola, and the Cubs aimed to stop Crenshaw, putting 7-8 guys in the box, and while they were effective, he still was able to have a decent game.

"I had like 25 carries for 83 yards, but they were doing a lot to stop me," Crenshaw said. "I ran in a touchdown and threw one (on a trick play), but we lost. We play Palmdale this week so I'm hoping we bounce back," said Crenshaw.

Through his first three games, Crenshaw has rushed for 453 yards on 85 carries for four touchdowns and a touchdown pass during the Antelopes 2-2 start. Defensively, Crenshaw has an interception and a fumble recovery to go with 27 tackles.

Academically, Crenshaw has a 3.1 GPA and scored a 19 on the ACT.


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