Hemsley maybe sooner than later

Windward School four-star offensive tackle Roy Hemsley remains a solid commit to the Trojans. With LSU the only other school still pursuing Hemsley, his arrival at USC is matter of when rather than if.

Los Angeles (Calif.) Windward offensive tackle Roy Hemsley maybe playing out of his league as a four-star commit competing against sub-D-I level talent on Fridays, but even he and junior four-star teammate Breland Brandt could not overcome rival Brentwood School.

Losing 43-14, he days of small ball will be coming to and end for Hemsley in just a matter of months. In fact, there is a possibility he could be done with high school sooner than previously thought.

“If I were presented the opportunity, I would for sure graduate early,” said Hemsley. “I’m still working on it with the administration and seeing whether or not they will let me.

“If they let me, I will. I’m taking two honors classes, so we’ll see what the rest of the school year holds for me.”

USC head coach Steve Sarkisian attended Windwards’ game against Brentwood, which did not go unnoticed by Hemsley.

“It means a lot and I feel like I’m one of their top recruits,” said Hemsley. “They’ve made a really big effort recruiting me, and they’ve made me feel like I’m one of their main guys. I just feel welcome by the whole team.”

Hemsley has no plans to officially visit any schools besides USC. He would like to take that official visit to USC in November.

“I’m cool with my decision so far,” said Hemsley. “(USC is a ) great school, great program, so I’m fine where I committed.”

Hemsley communicates with fellow USC commitments Chuma Edoga, Jacob Daniel, Noah Henderson and Ricky Town frequently. He is also recruiting an unlikely target for USC in Texas.

“I know I’m a part of a great recruiting class,” said Hemsley. “We’re trying to work on getting a couple more commits, so we can get a top five class. We want to continue to improve the program and represent the coaches well.

“I’m working on Soso Jamabo from Texas,” he continued. “I played basketball against him, so we talk pretty often. I’m just pitching that (USC) is a great place to be. He says he loves California and wants to experience something new.

“It’s sunny California, get a great education, good women… that’s all I’m pitching.”

Hemsley attended both the Fresno State and Oregon State wins at home for USC. He missed last weekend’s last second loss to Arizona State.

Thus far, Hemsley has been satisfied with the way the Trojans have performed under new head coach Steve Sarkisian.

“I see they have a balanced offense and their d-line is absolutely spectacular,” said Hemsley. “Coach (Chris) Wilson is doing a great job coaching those guys and I can’t wait to go against them in practice.”

Hemsley has gained 20-pounds since his junior season, playing close to 300-pounds as a senior. At 6-foot-7, he wants to step on campus at USC at 290-pounds.

Against Brentwood and every other opponent he will face this season, Hemsley will tower over those standing across from him.

“I feel like I play hard all of the time,” said Hemsley. “Sometimes I don’t feel like I get the recognition I deserve because of who I play against. I just control what I can control.”

Hemsley made his name on the basketball court before playing football. While basketball has helped his balance and coordination, Hemsley is quick to point out one major difference.

“Sometimes it doesn’t translate all that well because sometimes I get in trouble with getting too physical in basketball,” said Hemsley. “I can go out there and take my aggression out. It doesn’t translate all that well.”


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