Johnson waited for USC

Sophomore all-everything athlete Greg Johnson has scholarship offers from Arizona State, Utah, Washington State, South Carolina, UCLA, Ole Miss and Cal. Saturday, USC offered Johnson and teammates Joesph Lewis and Jalen Hall scholarships.

REDONDO, Calif. — Hawkins School isn’t the well-known football factory that Long Beach Poly or Serra High Schools are, but with three USC scholarship offered athletes, the future pedigree is undeniable.

Sunday, sophomore defensive back Greg Johnson made a statement at Los Angeles Opening Regional by being elected as of of the top players at his position during seven-on-seven drills.

Just a day earlier, Johnson received a scholarship offer from USC after attending the Trojans spring practice.

“Joseph (Lewis) and I were walking around the field and Coach (Steve) Sarkisian said he wanted to talk to us after practice,” said Johnson. “He met with us and told both of us that we had scholarship offers from USC.

“That’s an offer I’ve been waiting on for a while. Getting it was exciting.”

Johnson has played quarterback, running back and defensive the past two years. While he lined up as a defensive back Sunday, USC is recruiting him without a set position in mind.

“They’re recruiting me for both sides of the football,” said Johnson. “They want me as a running back, a little receiver and as a cornerback.  

“At B2G Sports I work on playing corner, so I sort of feel like that might be my position in college more than running back.”

Having seen USC up close this weekend, Johnson explained his interest in the Trojans.

“I like USC because it’s close,” said Johnson. “It’s close to home and close to family. That’s mainly it. I want to take my visits and take the process one step at a time. I need to talk to my family and my coaches throughout the process and see what school fits me best.”

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