2013 OL Lopez In No Rush

The 2013 Scout 100 four-star lineman from Orange (Calif.) Lutheran, John Lopez, who UCLA has offered, will take his time through process...

Orange (Calif.) Lutheran offensive tackle John Lopez (6-5, 315), is one of the top 2013 prospects in the West and he's sitting on a pair of offers, that span, literally, from coast to coast.

He's had a verbal offer from UCLA since before his sophomore year and last month, Florida State offered him.

"The Florida State offer really excited me," said Lopez. "I'd like to go down there and see what it's about. You don't know much about it being out here. My teammate Christo Kourtzidis has been joking around, saying we're going to go to Florida State together."

Lopez said the offer wasn't expected.

"I was really surprised," said Lopez. "I didn't really talk to the coaches that much. But they came down to see Christo and liked me."

Lopez had unofficially visited Oregon during the season as well, when the Ducks hosted USC.

"Going up to Oregon, I'd never seen facilities like that. They're ridiculous and the stadium was huge. The fans were awesome, especially when things were getting crazy in the second half. They said we'd talk more after the season," said Lopez.

Lopez was in South Bend in October to see Notre Dame, when the Irish hosted USC.

"We went out for the USC game and it was crazy," said Lopez. "You can tell tradition built that program and it was real cool to see all that. I talked with the recruiting coach and the line coach, and the line coach seemed to like me."

Lopez was offered by the previous UCLA coaching staff, but still has interest in the Bruins, as well as USC.

"I went to a couple of USC games and I still talk with UCLA," said Lopez. "And I've gotten a lot of letters from Florida State, Michigan and most of the rest of the Pac-12 schools."

Lopez said his position at the next level still hasn't been established.

"Schools have never really narrowed it down that much, I'm pretty sure I can play any positions but I'll do whatever I need to. I feel more comfortable at left tackle or left guard," said Lopez.

Lopez said he plans to take some unofficial visits during the spring.

"We'll see if we can get to most of them, but I'll definitely visit the ones showing the most interest," said Lopez.

And Lopez doesn't anticipate an early decision.

"Like all the kids who commit when they're juniors, I don't see myself doing that," Lopez said. "I feel like with the official visits you get a better chance to see the schools."

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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