Timu Might be a QB, DB or WR

The all-around athlete, John Timu from Long Beach (Calif.) Jordan, is getting recruiting attention on both sides of the ball, at various positions. The 6-2, 195-pounder has two scholarship offers, and more schools are increasing their interest in him...

Long Beach (Calif.) Jordan athlete John Timu (6-1.5, 195) has been a do-everything player for the Panthers.

Last fall, Timu played quarterback and safety for Jordan, and thanks to his versatility, several schools have taken notice of him.

"Oregon and Hawaii sent me offers as an athlete and I'm hearing a lot from Boston College and UCLA," said Timu.

Timu said one of those schools is standing out as his leader. "Oregon is my favorite school," said Timu. "I've just always liked them and they like me as a quarterback but they said I could play a couple of positions for them."

UCLA has also kicked up its interest level in Timu. "My friend Taniela Maka is going there, said Timu. "They seem very interested in me as an athlete."

Timu said he's open to play any position when he gets to college. "It all depends on wherever I go but I'm open to playing anything," said Timu. "Wherever I decide, it's the best fit for me. It doesn't matter where I play."

Timu, though, prefers the offensive side of the ball. He directed the Panthers offense behind center, passing for 1,395 yards and 15 touchdowns while rushing for 642 yards on 99 carries and five touchdowns. From his safety spot, he had 27 tackles, three fumble recoveries and two interceptions.

Last month at the Badger/Scout 7on7 Passing Tournament in Las Vegas, it was at receiver that he made his impression, teaming with Jesse Scroggins, a Moore League foe from Lakewood, to help their California team to the title. Timu earned All-Camp honors for his play.

"I just want to play but I prefer to play on offense," said Timu.

Academically, he's in good shape, carrying a 3.2 GPA and taking the SAT in May.

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