Hemsley comes to compete

USC commit Roy Hemsley wanted to prove is worth to USC coaches Saturday at the linemen camp

Los Angeles (Calif.) offensive tackle Roy Hemsley has attended a big football camp since the U.S. Army All-American Underclassmen Combine last January.

With basketball still a sport in which Hemsley excels, Saturday was his first time working on the same field with USC coaches.

"That was really good because most times you aren't able to see the coach outside of games and a few spring practices," said Hemsley. "Plus all of the current players were really warm and embrace you."

Warm and welcoming because by all accounts, Hemsley performed just as USC had hoped he'd perform.

"Going into it, I just wanted to impress the coaching staff and show them I could play at a high level," said Hemsley. "I didn't want to be complacent. I already had the offer, but I still wanted to prove myself.

"I wanted to build a rapport with the coaching staff and prove to them I could play. I feel like I didn't pretty good. They put me against the best guys, but it went well. I really had to battle through fatigue. I was a committed guy, so they wanted to see me take a lot of reps."

This season as a power forward for Windward, Hemsley averaged 16.5 points and 7.4 rebounds. Running up and down the court all spring long helped Hemsley deal with the up tempo offensive drills USC presented for the campers Saturday.

"We were going rep, after rep, after rep," said Hemsley. "We were out there so long, we were working hard on proper technique. I definitely got better as a player today."

While Hemsley performed well in San Antonio at the Underclassmen Combine, Saturday's event was different.

"The two camps are totally different," said Hemsley. "At the Army combine, you might be out there two hours. It's intense, but not as intense as USC was.

"The Army combine is divided into two groups, so you don't get as many reps against good players. Today was better for me because I got to work on run blocking. I've never really worked on run blocking like we did today. It was a lot of stressing technique and being physical.

"For me, it was about being coachable and competing even though I already had the offer."

Saturday, USC also extended a scholarship offer to Servite offensive tackle Clayton Johnston.

"He was one of the other players on offense who stood out to me," said Hemsley. "Clayton Johnston and there were a couple of defensive players that did pretty good."

Hemsley will attended the Rising Stars Camp June 25 and then get ready for his senior season at Windward School.

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