Recruit to watch: OL Drew Radovich

Offensive lineman Drew Radovich, 6'4, 280 lbs, out of Mission Viejo is one of the top prospects in California for the class of 2003. He has a host of offers and has already picked out a few schools that he'd like to take official visits to.

Radovich is generally considered the top offensive tackle prospect in the West this year. He has tremendous technique and agility to go along with his size. As a junior, he garnered first team All-State and All-CIF honors. He anchored an offensive line for the Diablo's that was instrumental in the team's CIF Championship run as they opened hole after hole for tailback Robbie Dubois and fullback Ryan Powdrell. Despite the fact that he drew so much acclaim for his run blocking last year, Radovich is actually just as good of a pass blocker, if not better, as he is a run blocker, "I'm pretty much an all around player," he said. "I'm good at run and pass blocking. To really break it down in hindsight, I would say I'm better at pass blocking than run blocking."

Currently, Radovich has a top 5, in no particular order, of "SC, UCLA, Washington, Colorado, and Arizona." Out of that group, all but UCLA have offered and he explained that he already has an idea of a few schools that he wants to officially visit, "I'll visit SC, UCLA, Washington, and I don't know my fourth yet," he said. In choosing a school, Radovich will be keeping a few factors in mind, "My main thing is the offensive line coach," he said. "How I get along with him, do I like the style that he offers, and just how I fit into the program. There's also life after football, like alumni support." The big lineman also touched on the topic of whether or not his parents have any preference, "My parents are comfortable with whatever decision I make. They would like me to stay local because it's an easier way to get to my games. SC is really easy for them, like a forty-five minute drive. I mean, they're willing to fly out to games, but we'll see."

With the offensive line being a position of need in this year's recruiting class, the Trojan coaching staff has been on Radovich from the beginning and the interest is mutual, as he explained, "When I went to Junior Day I felt really comfortable around there, how the coaches treated me, and I just felt comfortable around the campus. Pete Carroll is a really nice guy. He seemed like a good coach that cares about his kids. I like Coach Davis a lot. He seems like an exact twin of my coach right now, Marty Spaulding, so I could see myself playing for him." Kennedy Pola is the Trojan coach who is recruiting Radovich and he's also made quite an impression, "Kennedy Pola, yeah, he's a real cool guy. He's really intense. He coaches the special teams, and when we went into the meeting room, he showed me what he's all about. He just went off the wall."

Also of interest is the fact that a couple of former teammates of Radovich's are now Trojans. Could that be a factor in his decision? "I played with Billy Hart and Collin Ashton, the long snapper. When I went up there, they came down and said 'hey, come down to USC' and stuff like that. It would be kind of cool just because I know people. It would be another person I know up there, so that would be nice."

Radovich attended the Nike Camp at USC in April and came away ranked as the #1 offensive lineman in attendance with an impressive performance. One of the most impressive displays he put on was in the 20-yard shuttle as he ran an incredible 4.03. He also ran a 5.11 forty and had a vertical jump of 24.8".

At the moment, Radovich is finishing up a tough summer of working out and getting ready for the season, "Everyday from 4:30 to 7:00 down at my school I've been working out with the team. We have an hour and a half weights and then we go to practice. Today is our last day of football, and then on Monday we start a program called 'Tech'. It's just intense speed development training and stuff like that. It just gets you in shape for hell week."

Mission Viejo is coming off a very impressive year where they went a perfect 14-0 and took the CIF Division II title. The Diablo's beat Chino in the Championship game and Radovich explained that it was an experience that he hopes to re-live this upcoming year, "The game was so awesome to play in at Edison Field. Just playing on that caliber of grass. It was all even and just thinking how a college field would be," he said. "Beating Chino, because they beat us last year, so we were out for revenge. It was a great game. Robbie was absolutely amazing. This upcoming year, our coaches keep telling us, 'our offensive line is better than last year, our defensive backs are just as good, our linebackers are better'.but I don't know about that because we lost Ryan Powdrell. Our defensive line is pretty good. All we're losing is our main tailbacks, so I think we're going to pass a lot this year."

Radovich plans on going through the whole process and taking his trips. However, the craziness that often comes with recruiting isn't something that he's looking forward to, so he might not make it to those official visits, "You know, if it gets really hectic, like where every night there's just calls and calls, I'll probably just call a school and go 'Hey look, I want to commit to your school.' But, I've been telling myself that I'll take all of my trips and everything and then make my decision, but if it gets really hectic I think I might just end it. I don't know who I'll end it with though."


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