Oronde Crenshaw, a Costa Mesa High junior standout, is the Daily Pilot High School Football Player of the Week. (Scott Smeltzer, Daily Pilot / October 5, 2012)

The first time Coach Wally Grant saw Oronde Crenshaw run, he called him "DeWayne." Crenshaw, a freshman at the time, just laughed.

Grant coached DeWayne, a fullback and defensive end, as an assistant at Costa Mesa. Getting to coach DeWayne's son is a pleasure.

"It brings back memories because DeWayne … was a Division I athlete," Grant said. "He was the first true Division I athlete this school had since probably Bill Lux and Danny Bauer back in the late 1970s. For a school to get that caliber of an athlete is pretty special, and then to have his kid, who's just as bit as talented here is phenomenal.

"[A lot of colleges] have their eyes out on Oronde. After this year, it's going to get real, real fun watching that young man be recruited."


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Oronde Crenshaw

Born: June 10, 1996

Hometown: Hemet

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 195 pounds

Sport: Football

Year: Junior

Coach: Wally Grant

Favorite food: Dad's grits

Favorite movie: "Lone Wolf and Cub"

Favorite athletic moment: "The first time I got to step on the basketball court with my dad. I was probably like 8 or 9. It was like my first athletic experience."

Week in review: Crenshaw rushed 23 times for 266 yards and four touchdowns in the Mustangs' 58-12 victory against Saddleback in an Orange Coast League game.