UCLA Still Crenshaw's Favorite

Andre Crenshaw

Lancaster (Calif.) Antelope Valley athlete Andre Crenshaw has UCLA as his heavy leader and expects to decide on his college choice before his senior year kicks off

Lancaster (Calif.) Antelope Valley athlete Andre Crenshaw (5-10, 180) stands at one official scholarship offer, with a trio of other schools close to adding to that list.

UCLA offered Crenshaw following an unofficial trip back in June, and while the Bruin offer is his first and only one, California, Arizona and Colorado all could be making that list grow in the coming weeks.

"UCLA is my leader. I am trying to go down there for a practice. I wanted to go down last week, but it didn't work out so I'm going to try this week even though we start practice ourselves," said Crenshaw. "Arizona, Cal and Colorado all said they could be offering soon."

Crenshaw said most of the Pac-10 has been recruiting him, but that the three aforementioned plus Colorado are who he is focusing on.

"I want to decide before the season starts, so I'm trying to focus on these schools," Crenshaw said.

Listed as an athlete, Crenshaw said he can play running back, receiver or defensive back, though his preference is at running back.

"I'd like to play there, but honestly, it doesn't matter to me, it's whatever gets me on the field. UCLA said they will put me where they can fit me, whether that's at running back or defensive back," Crenshaw said.

His unofficial visit in June, which produced the offer, was a positive experience for Crenshaw.

"It was an awesome trip. It was just an unofficial trip but they treated me real well. I got to meet all the coach. 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 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.

Academically, Crenshaw has a 3.1, and took both the SAT and ACT in the Spring.

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