Lancaster (Calif.) Antelope Valley athlete Andre Crenshaw (5-10, 180) took an unofficial visit to UCLA last week and the trip proved worthwhile.
Crenshaw received the first scholarship offer of his recruitment from the Bruin staff and immediately the Bruins became his favorite.
"It was an awesome trip. It was just an unofficial trip but they treated me real well. I got to meet all the coaches. Coach (Eric) Bieniemy and Coach (Jim) Svoboda spent a lot of time with me. And Coach (Karl) Dorrell is a great guy. He's real nice," said Crenshaw. "Coach Bieniemy actually helped me out. He's the one who wanted me to get in there and show my highlight tape."
Crenshaw said the Bruin staff offered him as an athlete, and his position would be determined later. Crenshaw said, "They've watched the tape but want to see some other stuff and my season before they would decide what to play me as. I play running back, receiver and outside linebacker. I want to play offense, but I'd play anywhere."
Other schools Crenshaw is hearing from include USC, Arizona, Washington, Boise State and Idaho.
Crenshaw was hoping to attend the UCLA camp on Wednesday of this week and might attend this week's USC camp at some point. He also attended the Nike Camp at USC.
An elite long jumper, Crenshaw won the California state championship in the event with a 22-8. His career-best is a 24-5. "I'd like to be able to do it in college. I'd long jump and triple jump. If I could get my sprints down, I'd do those too," Crenshaw said.
Crenshaw said that the UCLA offer will start to expedite his timetable. "I want to take trips, but I'm thinking I want to make up my mind before the season starts. Getting an offer shows that I am going to get some. My family wants me to stay close to home so they could come to my games," said Crenshaw.
Academically, Crenshaw has a 3.1, and took both the SAT and ACT, but hasn't received his scores yet.