Westlake Village (CA) Oakes Christian defeated Calabasas (CA) at the weekend and the standout Lions offensive lineman. Luka Baklenko it was a very strong performance.

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Baklenko is a likeable linesman and his play was dominant. Here is our assessment of the Stanford commit after Friday’s game:

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Baklenko made a big leap compared to his junior season. He was already one of the best players in the region before the start of the season, but the Stanford team looks bigger, stronger and plays against him unpleasantly.

“He manipulated the players in the running game and was a stone wall in pass defense. He moves very well and had some devastating blocks on pulls and hooks. He plays through the whistle, finishes his blocks and has a non-stop motor.

“He told us he put on a good 25 pounds in the off-season and is playing with a lot of confidence now. He is a bi-sport athlete with a volleyball background and he is definitely on trend in our eyes.”

Baklenko currently holds a high-end three-star rating of 88 and is ranked 44th in the country as a forward. He can also slip inside and play defense if needed, and his positional versatility is another thing we like about him.

As mentioned, Bakleno is a member of Stanford University, having been declared a Cardinal back in June after attending Boston College and UCLA. Stanford has had a little work to do on the field this year, but Buckleno said he remains firm on his promise.

“I’m completely committed to Stanford,” Buckleno said. “I’m still hearing from a few other schools, mostly UCLA and Boston College, but I’m still confident in my decision.

“At Stanford, I love the team culture, the coaching staff, the faculty, and the opportunity to grow. I want to play at the next level and I think Stanford can take me there.”

Regarding the jump he made this season, Bakleno said he has done a great job this offseason and the results are visible.

“I spent a lot of time in the gym during the off-season,” Bakleno said. “I went from 275 pounds to 300 and it paid off a lot.

“I also worked a lot with the Allegiance guys during the off-season and really worked on improving my technique and approach. My mindset has also changed this year and I’ve been working hard to get better and help our team win games.”