Crenshaw likes Dawgs

The Husky coaches are hitting the road soon to start the winter recruiting period and one player that has recently come onto the staff's radar is Antelope Valley (Lancaster, Ca.) high school RB Andre Crenshaw. Sporting three offers and a lot of interest from schools across the country, Crenshaw talked with about his season and his timetable on a decision.

"Our season ended on Friday night," Crenshaw said somewhat dejectedly. "We lost to Dominquez in the second round of the playoffs 41-10. I had a good game, but my stats really don't matter, we didn't win.

"On offense I had 132 yards and a touchdown and on defense I got something like six tackles. It was a tough game."

Crenshaw (5-10, 185) finished the season with 1,192 yards on the ground and 16 touchdowns on offense and had over 70 tackles and three interceptions as an outside linebacker on defense. With his size, he said it was an adjustment going from cornerback as a junior to outside linebacker as a senior.

"It was tough because we had a really young secondary," Crenshaw said. "We needed someone to step up and play outside linebacker so I made the move because it would help the team. But it was really tough."

Recruiting will now take center stage for the playmaker from southern California. He still sports offers from UCLA, Oregon State and Washington, but he is seeing a lot of interest from Michigan State, Boise State, Arizona, Colorado State and Washington State.

All are recruiting him as an athlete and he says he is willing to play anywhere the coaching staff he commits to wants him to play.

"When I was a freshman I played quarterback," Crenshaw said with a laugh. "Then as a sophomore I moved to wide receiver and I started there as a sophomore. Then when I was a junior I moved to running back. I can play anywhere, I just want to play."

Washington linebackers coach Chris Tormey is the coach he talks to the most and he says they have a great relationship.

"I talk to coach Tormey a lot," Crenshaw said. "He says (Washington) is a good place to go to school and play ball at. He's real down to earth. We talk a lot. He really makes you feel welcome and that you're important to him."

While distance isn't much of a factor for Crenshaw, he has thought about what he wants to see from the school he finally decides to commit to.

"It's hard now because all of the schools recruiting me, for the most part, don't have any games left," Crenshaw lamented. "I wanted to see the atmosphere and stuff, but that's ok. Basically, I want to see the team chemistry, how I get along with the coaching staff and the different coaches and stuff. I need to know – Can I fit in at the school? I also want a school that has my major (Business)."

Crenshaw's three leaders are UCLA, Oregon State and Washington, with UCLA holding only a slight edge at this point. He plans on taking all five visits before he makes his decision and he is fully qualified at this point.

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