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Crenshaw (Calif.) keeps cruising

10/15/2012

Despite a roster that features fewer than three dozen student-athletes, Crenshaw (Calif.) has simply found a way to win this season. A three-point loss to Westlake (Calif.) in the third week of the season is the only blemish for the 6-1 Cougars, as they have posted a very impressive 13-2 win over Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian and outscored their first two league opponents by a 99-8 margin.

Contributions have come from a variety of players and positions, but much of the production usually stems from senior leaders Mossi Johnson, Dominique Hatfield and Max Lyons. And as the wins pile up for the two-way standouts, so to does interest from college coaches.

Johnson's stock rose the fastest, as he earned scholarship offers from UCLA and UNLV, and pulled the trigger on a commitment to the Bruins several weeks ago.

Hatfield could be next in line. The 5-foot-11, 162-pound receiver/defensive back earned an offer from Utah in early October, which could be enough to earn the Utes a commitment.

"When I got the offer, it was amazing," Hatfield said. "I've been talking to the coaches and a few players there who are from around this area. I'm getting a feel for the school now."

Hatfield said he would like to set up an official visit to Utah later this season, but added that he wouldn't necessarily need to see the campus in order to make a verbal commitment. In fact, Hatfield intimated that a commitment could be on the way in the next week or two. Now that he has completed his clearinghouse qualifications, Hatfield said he will likely speak to Utah coaches this week about setting up a visit.

The third member of the group, running back/cornerback Max Lyons, is still awaiting his first scholarship offer, but programs seem to be closing in on the 5-foot-9, 170-pound athlete. Coaches from San Jose State visited Crenshaw several weeks ago to watch a game and review Lyons' transcripts. Lyons said his midseason highlight tape -- put together last week -- was sent out to San Jose State, as well as Colorado, San Diego State, UCLA and several other Pac-12 programs.

But while recruiting continues to pick up for all three Crenshaw seniors, each one is focused on finishing the season in a big way. With several hurdles already cleared, the next one comes later this week, in the form of Los Angeles Dorsey, Crenshaw's biggest rival.

"We're just looking to take it one game at a time," Lyons said. "We don't worry about the next game or who we have to play."