Lewis gets offer, gets open

Joseph Lewis and Greg Johnson both received scholarship offers from USC the day before The Los Angeles Regional Camp for The NIKE Opening. Both players showed enough potential Sunday to get junior invited to The Opening Finals.

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 their offense.

“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 defensive backs.”

But whether USC is a school that remains a viable option for Lewis is anybody’s guess.

“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 recruitment.

“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.”

USCFootball.com Top Stories