Profile: Roy Hemsley
Position: Offensive Line
Location: Los Angeles (Calif.) Windward
Weight: 275 pounds
Recruiting: Hemsley was never leaving home and this one became a battle between USC and UCLA from the get go. USC was Hemsley's first offer as the Trojans offered the big tackle at their Junior Day last January. UCLA offered in mid-February and after multiple unofficial visits to the campus, there was some buzz that the Bruins might have crept in the lead. Tee Martin did a great job with Hemsley, and had recruited him for over a year. New Trojan OL coach Tim Drevno also made a big impression on the lineman and following their Spring Game three weeks ago, Hemsley was back to a solid USC lean.
What to Like: Hemsley has a prototype tackle frame and is very athletic. His first love was basketball and you can see the feet and overall athleticism on the gridiron. He has long arms, moves around effortlessly and plays with a mean streak. He has an aggressive nature, which is a must when you're playing in the trenches and is a naturally strong kid as well. Once he hits a college weight room, he'll easily be able to pack on another 40 pounds or so with ease, without losing any of his plus athleticism. It's also important to remember, Hemsley has never had an off-season of football conditioning and has never taken part in spring ball. Once football is over, he jumps right to basketball and plays hoops all spring. Once he can focus on just football and devote all his time to the sport, you can expect his game to take a pretty gigantic leap.
What may be of concern: Hemsley is still a little raw as a football player and will need some time to develop. As mentioned, basketball was the school he grew up playing and he didn't start playing football until his sophomore year. His competition level at Windward is also not the strongest, just a step up from 8-man, so there will be an adjustment going up against players with similar size in college. He did show at the NIKE Camp in Oakland last year that he's more than capable of handling the step up in competition and once he refines his technique, has a chance to be a very good college player.
Overall Analysis: Landing Hemsely is big for the Trojans for multiple reasons. For starters, his upside and long term potential is as good as any lineman out West this year. Tackle is always a need at the college level, you can never have enough of them and Hemsley is a kid that has all the physical tools to be as good as he wants to be. It's also a big commitment simply because the Trojans were able to win a head to head battle with crosstown rival UCLA. For shear bragging rights alone, you always want to win as many of those possible and when it also happens to be a player at a key premium position like left tackle, it makes the win even sweeter.
Commitment Analysis: Roy Hemsley
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