Local Schools After Hemsley

The Los Angeles Windward offensive lineman, Roy Hemsley, has visited both UCLA and USC for spring practice and both are recruiting him hard...

Los Angeles (Calif.) Windward offensive lineman Roy Hemsley (6-7, 275), has balanced football recruiting with the startup of AAU basketball.

The four-star went right from his prep basketball season into AAU and in between, is making football visits and prepping for the Oakland NFTC next month.

Hemsley visited USC for a spring practice and also visited UCLA for their own.

"It's been really cool getting to go to the practices at USC and UCLA," said Hemsley. "The pace and the tempo is so much different than high school and the intensity is so much more. It's been really exciting."

Hemsley first went to USC not long after they started.

"I got to spend some time watching Coach (Tim) Drevno and he has a lot of pro experience and I think the offensive line is in good hands with him. He's recruiting me as a tackle. I also got to talk with Coach Sark (Steve Sarkisian) and he's a good guy and really nice," said Hemsley. "I enjoyed the tempo of their offense."

Then last week, Hemsley was at UCLA for the beginning of their spring practice.

"They have a real good speed and tempo to their offense," said Hemsley. "I like their campus a lot too, it's real similar to the school I'm at. I felt real comfortable there. Coach (Adrian) Klemm is recruiting me and he's cool because he's a younger guy and relates with the guys better than some other coaches. And Coach (Jim) Mora is great and really gets after his guys and gets the best out of you."

Hemsley said that the two Los Angeles schools are most aggressive in recruiting him.

"USC and UCLA are definitely recruiting me the hardest right now," said Hemsley. "They're both close to home and I can get to either easy so that means a lot."

But Hemsley isn't in a rush to make a decision.

"I won't decide at least until the fall of my senior year," said Hemsley. "I want to still take some visits."

Hemsley has offers from Arizona State, California, San Diego State, Utah and Washington State to go along with USC and UCLA.

"I'm planning on more unofficial visits," said Hemsley. "I may visit Cal when I go to the Nike Camp (in Oakland)."

Hemsley plays AAU for the California Supreme and will do that during the spring and play into his senior year, but said football will be his sole focus when he gets to college.


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