Lopez Impresses at Semper Fi

Orange (Calif.) Lutheran offensive lineman John Lopez, who was very impressive at the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl practice Monday, talked about the practice, his future at UCLA, and more...

Orange (Calif.) Lutheran offensive lineman John Lopez is one of a few UCLA commits who will play for the West Team in this year's Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.

"It's just an honor being named an All-American, being part of the Marines game with their prestigious history and I'm just excited to be out here," he said.

The 6-foot-6, 325-pound Lopez was one of the west's five top performers in the first day of Semper Fi practice, looking very strong and physical, and being the only west offensive lineman to stone standout DL Elijah Qualls. Lopez says he's enjoying the opportunity to spend some time with the country's top talent, including future o-line teammate Kenny Lacy.

"It's fun seeing an actual competition level, seeing who I'm going to be playing against at the next level. It's fun getting a taste of what is to come," he said.

Lopez committed to the Bruins early on in the season and enjoyed watching his future team surpass expectations this year.

"It just made my year. It was awesome. I thought it would be pretty shaky at first, but they pulled it through and it was awesome seeing them do it. I grew up born and raised in California and just seeing what Jim Mora did with that program, you have to be happy with that. It's pretty awesome," he said.

The lineman has also built a relationship with the Bruins' offensive line coach, Adrian Klemm, and has had the chance to talk with him about plans for incorporating him into the Bruins' offense.

"We call all the time. He's a great guy, came to my house and spent some time with my family. I really like him and I think he's going to be a great coach.

"He's told us that that me and the other guards will really be competing to try and fill the spot that Jeff Baca is leaving. It will be fun to see what happens with that next year. I'm pretty sure Xavier Su'a-Filo will be moving to left tackle, so there should be a few spots open for freshmen," he said.

One of many talented offensive lineman in the 2013 class, Lopez feels strongly about the future.

"We have a lot of talent. Coach Klemm is excited, we are really excited. We can't wait to see how we build the offensive line, so that will be fun. Knowing that there is a chance to play as a freshman, you are going to be a lot more intense going into the summer, everyone will be a lot more competitive. It's more fun," he said.

He plans on taking his official visit to campus around January 12th.

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