When The CW’s “90210” revealed this week which character was coming out, I had my fingers crossed that Matt Lanter was the chosen one. Even though I predicted correctly that Teddy was the MO, I was hoping I was wrong and that Liam was the gay one. Alas, Liam was straight and my fantasies of Lanter making out with a dude were dashed. So I decided to anoint him as my man crush for this week.

During his high school years, he was an all-around athlete, participating in baseball, football, gymnastics, golf and basketball. At one point he was a batboy for the Atlanta Braves. He majored in Sports Business at the University of Georgia, but the allure of Hollywood was to hard to resist and he headed out west.

The Ohio born hottie first caught my eye when he competed on Bravo’s answer to ANTM, “Manhunt: The Search for America’s Most Gorgeous Male Model“. Even though he didn’t win, he parlayed his exposure on the show to stints on “8 Simple Rules“, “Point Pleasant“, “Big Love” and a few modeling gigs. His biggest break came when he landed a lead on “Commander in Chief” starring Geena Davis.

Today, he’s best known for his portrayal of Liam Court on “90210“. During the show’s hiatus, Matt is busy working on feature films. Currently he’s starring in the Twilight spoof, “Vampires Suck“, but has “The Roommate” with Leighton Meester and “Tinker Bell: A Winter Story” on the way. His other film credits include “Disaster Movie” and “Sorority Row“.

His eyes are absolutely mesmerizing. I could drown myself in that deep blue of beautiful for hours.

He sorta looks like a younger, preppier version of Chris Evans. So adorable with his high hair and pouty lips.

I’m a sucker for a guy in plaid and tousled surfer hair.

The scruff actually suits him. SEXY. It doesn’t hurt that his profile is striking.

Awww, look at Lanter trying to be all tough wearing his combat boots. With that baby face of his, tough is the last thing that comes to mind.

So, so incredibly pretty. At certain times, he’s got that gay face thing going on. He can definitely give Chace Crawford a run for his money.

It wouldn’t be a weekly crush post, with a gratuitous shirtless picture.

I thought I had enough pictures of Matt, but this pic was too cute to pass up.

The pic on the left is from “Vampire Sucks”, while the other one is from his “Manhunt” days. He’s definitely lost a bit of that baby fat on his face and abs over the years.

Can you get anymore All-american than this? The beach, the rosy cheeks, the blue eyes. It’s all too much sexy for one man to posses.

Even with this unfortunate hair, his hotness cannot be masked. Can anyone say hot barbarian sex?

This underwear pic was a still from Cutting Edge 3. I didn’t realize they made two sequels to that awesome 90s skating movie.

What did you think of this week’s crush? A little conventional boy-next-door, but HOT nonetheless. Do you have any hot stud suggestions for future consideration in my man crush weekly series?