Recruiting winding down for Crenshaw

The twists and turns of the recruiting season have taken hold of the Husky football program and its beleaguered fan base. With only ten days until players can sign their letters of intent, the coaching staff is working overtime to sew up their first true recruiting class. Antelope Valley (Lancaster, Ca.) RB Andre Crenshaw has been a target Washington has focused in on for a while and he just returned from a trip to Arizona State.

"It was a good visit," Crenshaw told "My host was Rudy Burgess. I really connected with the players and the coaches. It was a good trip.

"There were a lot of players from California. A lot of players I grew up with. Some of them played with my cousins, when I was little. It was cool to see the California players down in Arizona. It was real cool."

Crenshaw said his final visit is this coming weekend with Oregon and that Ducks head coach Mike Bellotti is expected to visit on Wednesday and Washington linebackers coach Chris Tormey is expected on Tuesday.

"(Oregon has) been after me for a little bit," Crenshaw said. "It's a great school, a great program and they have great potential. They went 10-2 last year and they've got a lot of their players coming back and there's the opportunity to come in and contribute."

Oregon State – along with ASU, Oregon and Washington – rounds out Crenshaw's final four.

So this late in the game does Crenshaw have a leader?

"I would say Arizona State is slightly in the lead, but it's still wide-open with me because anything can happen," Crenshaw noted. "They're all great schools and I would love to be in a Pac 10 school."

Some of the factors for Crenshaw are the environment around the school, the coaches, the players and the feel for the team he has when he's on his visits. Seeing as he has taken three trips already, one wonders how easy it is to distinguish between the different schools so late in the game.

"It's real tough, but it's something you've got to deal with and you need to make the best of the opportunity, because a lot of people don't have this opportunity," Crenshaw said. "Just take it all in and at the end of the day you've got to find which is the best situation for you."

Crenshaw said he plans to make a decision sometime next week following his trip to Eugene.

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