REDONDO, Calif. — The Hawkins School is officially on USC’s recruiting radar after offering scholarship to three of its players Saturday.
Sophomores Joseph Lewis and Greg Johnson both got word of their
scholarship offers at practice Saturday while on campus watching the
Trojans practice. Lewis, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound receiver is arguably one
of the best wide receivers in California regardless of class.
Sunday at The Los Angeles Regional for The Opening, Lewis was front and
center of every drill and dominating in one-on-one drills. It was
another impressive performance that reinforced why schools like USC,
UCLA, Washington and others have jumped on him so early.
And for Lewis, it is very early in the recruiting process.
“I was down at USC with Greg (Johnson) watching them practice and
that’s when Coach (Steve) Sarkisian asked us to come up to his office,”
said Lewis. “That’s where he offered us both a scholarship.
“It was… I was speechless. I was very excited about the offer.”
Watching USC practice was the first time Lewis has seen the Trojans
football program behind the scenes.
“They’re tempo is a lot like ours,” said Lewis. “They have have
intensity when the practice. Watching them, I think I can fit into
“We also got to see some of the campus, I like their campus. Their
campus is very nice. I also like that USC is very serious about
academics and football. That was my first time seeing all of that.”
Walking up the Trojan Tunnel at The McKay Center, Lewis noticed the
recent tradition and past success of USC wide receivers displayed along
the walls. However, he compared himself with a former Trojan wide out
who has yet to earn a plaque on the wall.
“I think I would compare myself with Nelson Agholor the most,” said
Lewis. “I think I’m a quicker receiver and my strength is running past
But whether USC is a school that remains a viable option for Lewis is
“I like USC, but right now I’m just blessed every time someone gives me
an opportunity to go to their college,” said Lewis. “I’m going to take
my time through the recruiting process. I still have a couple years
left to decide.”
USC offering scholarship to Lewis, Johnson and freshman Hawkins School
product Jalen Hall does have somewhat of an impact of each player’s
“We all want to go to the same college,” said Lewis. “I’m looking
forward to playing with them at the next level, although I would say
we’re not a package deal or anything like that. It would be nice though.”
Lewis gets offer, gets open
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