The Augustus Hawkins charter school in Los Angeles has only been around for a handful of years, but it is ready to make its mark on the college football recruiting scene.
Opened in 2012 with its first graduating class in 2014, the school produced its first three-star recruit this fall with cornerback Robert Lewis signing with Boise State on Wednesday. But it will be the 2017 and 2018 classes that get people to recognize the Hawkins school on a regular basis. Wide receiver Joseph Lewis and athlete Greg Johnson are both top 50 players in the Scout 300 for 2017 while 2018 wide receiver Jalen Hall has a shot at being the top player in the West, if not the country.
Part of what has made the players so desirable is their competitiveness with one another. They push each other to work harder and be better than others around them. That’s part of the reason Johnson is still searching for more scholarship offers despite currently having 19 from various football programs around the nation after recently having Colorado and Oregon State request his football services via a scholarship offer.
“There’s more offers out there that I need to get. When everybody else is getting offers, I just feel like ‘Man, I can get that offer.’ I just push harder,” Johnson said. “I just try to get that offer that they got and even more. I try to keep a level head, stay focused and keep working day in and day out.”
Johnson is seeking more attention from SEC and ACC schools.
“I want to get a Bama offer. Florida, Florida State, LSU. It’s all the top programs in the East and South. All those schools out there I just need those and I think I know I’m going to get them though. I work too hard not to have them.”
The No. 1 athlete in the West and the No. 50 overall prospect said he’s currently being pursued heaviest by Washington, UCLA, Michigan and Tennessee.
“I think it’s really cool that they are consistent and coming after me so I keep them in mind. I’m still open to any other teams.”
One of those schools is local USC, who offered Johnson and Lewis last March. Johnson said he has chatted with new offensive coordinator Tee Martin and recently met new defensive backs coach Ronnie Bradford.
“He came up to Hawkins. He just said he was going to start recruiting me and get to know me as a player,” Johnson said. “They want to get me back down there. I want to get back down there soon to talk to them more, to talk to Tee Martin more. Just get to know the staff a little bit more.”
Johnson has seen the Trojan brand all his life living just down the street from the USC campus. But he is hoping to learn more and also get a different view of the football program.
“All they have to do is keep coming after me the way they are coming after me even more. Show me something new,” Johnson said. “I want to see something different. They cool though. They are always going to be up there for me.”
Johnson will have the Trojans amongst the schools he is considering, but doesn’t have a timeline of when he will be narrowing his choices or making his ultimate decision. Instead, he’s focused on working hard so he will have as many offers to choose from as possible.
“I want more. I can’t just stop now. Everything is going to slow down, but I can’t stop now. Just keep being active.”
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Recruiting analyst Gerard Martinez contributed to this report.