Lopez Ready for a Busy Process

The Orange (Calif.) Lutheran 2013 lineman John Lopez has an offer from UCLA and numerous schools interested in him as he heads into his junior season...

Orange (Calif.) Lutheran offensive tackle John Lopez is one of the top 2013 prospects in the West and he's a part of one of the best offensive lines in the Southland.

The 6-6, 310-pound Lopez was offered by UCLA after his freshman year, before he'd played a varsity game, and he's shown he's worthy of the early offer.

"UCLA offered me really early and while I don't have any other offers yet, I've been bombarded with letters from a whole lot of schools," said Lopez. "Schools like Alabama, Oregon and USC have been sending me letters and of course UCLA."

Lopez still has 17 months until he'll sign a letter-of-intent, but he's already looking ahead to the process.

"I'll probably go to games at UCLA and USC, the local schools and maybe hit some out of state games this season if we can," said Lopez.

But Lopez isn't in any kind of rush to make a decision.

"I haven't decided anything like my favorite schools or top schools, I have a lot of time for that," said Lopez.

Lopez said that he's being recruited for his versatility.

"Schools talk to me as a tackle or guard but I like left guard," said Lopez, who started at left guard in the Lancers season opener.

In the opener, Orange Lutheran took on Bingham HS from South Jordan (Utah), who were the top ranked team in Utah, but the Lancers routed Bingham.

"It was really fun," said Lopez. "We have to just thank our conditioning coach. They were tired and we were still ready to go. It wasn't that big of a surprise to me. Our technique was the difference. Our coaches taught us up on how to block those big boys."

Brandon is in his seventh year with Scout.com, currently as the National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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