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Hawkins four-star athlete Greg Johnson commits to USC

USC went into Hawkins High School Wednesday and decided to begin construction on a new talent pipeline which could span well into the future.

With teammate and five-star wide receiver Joseph Lewis out with an ankle fracture, Los Angeles (Calif.) Hawkins four-star athlete Greg Johnson helped carry his team to the City Section Playoff this past season doing a lot of everything.

Johnson rushed the ball for 1,377 yards and 13 scores, while catching the ball for 365 yards and three touchdowns as a receiver. On defense, he played multiple defensive back roles collecting 55 tackles and five interceptions. Johnson also ran back kicks for Hawkins. 

So when Adoree' Jackson, a player with a similar skillset, decided to leave USC a year early, Johnson was all about becoming a Trojan. 

“I will be committing to the University of Southern California,” said Johnson. “It was a school I watched growing up all of the time and things fell in place wit this decision. 

“Adoree' left, and that made an impact. I know that there's a lot of competition that will take place there, but I’m willing to compete early. I want to fight for a starting spot.”

Jackson played wide receiver and cornerback for the Trojans. Johnson, 5-foot-10, 180-pounds, played running back, safety and cornerback for Hawkins. 

“I know I'm able to return kicks, play offense and defense,” said Johnson. “I can be used in the same way and I’ve spoken to the coaches about that. 

“I’m going in to fight for a spot and contribute early regardless of where they play me. I want to do whatever it takes to help my team win. I want to lead my team to a national championship.”

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Johnson joins his teammate and friend Joseph Lewis at USC next fall. The two have played football in Junior All-American and the 7-on-7 circuit. 

“It means the world to me to go to school together,” said Johnson. “We go way back together — to middle school in seventh grade. 

“I never knew something like this could happen. We talked about this for a while, and things just fell into place. I’m happy I get to spend the next four years with him.” 

Johnson and Lewis both announced their commitments to USC live on ESPNU Wednesday. Johnson chose USC over Nebraska, Oregon, Arizona, and Notre Dame among others. Top Stories