Feelin' the Love

Beverly Hills (CA) defensive lineman Greg Townsend Jr. continued his strong offseason with a dominant performance at USC's Rising Stars Camp this past week. The elite recruit caused havoc from his defensive end position, and came away feeling plenty of love from Ed Orgeron and the coaching staff.

Beverly Hills (CA) defensive lineman Greg Townsend Jr. continued his strong offseason with a dominant performance at USC's Rising Stars Camp this past week. The elite recruit caused havoc from his defensive end position, and came away feeling plenty of love from Ed Orgeron and the coaching staff.

"The camp was real good for me. I was told that I dominated, and I think that I did dominate," Townsend said. "I had a couple of bad downs, but I got some sacks and did my thing, and everybody was loving me.

"I think this is the camp that the coaches fell in love with me."

Several of the offensive linemen that had the misfortune of lining up against Townsend were easily beat off of the ball, but he did admit that he got a good test from Tyler Johnstone from Hamilton High School in Arizona and spoke highly of Taft guard Brandon Mitchell.


Greg Townsend Jr. getting encouragement from his father, Greg Townsend Sr.
"It's a good test because you get to go against high-level competition, something that you don't always see," he said. "When you dominate that competition it also brings your confidence up."

While Townsend received rave reviews for his play, he also had plenty of praise for USC assistant coach Ed Orgeron.

"It was real interesting because Coach O is a great coach and great recruiter. I got to talk to him about a lot of stuff and watch some film," Townsend said. "Learning from him is like learning from the best, so I made sure to listen to every detail. I was just trying to listen to what he said because I knew it was important."

Orgeron's fiery demeanor and ability to get the most out of his players has made him one of the top assistant coaches in the country, as well as an instant fan favorite.

It's also one of the reasons why Townsend is so interested in the Trojans.

"I love that he's fired up. It keeps you going 100 percent and keeps you getting better," Townsend said. "That is exactly what I am looking for when I choose my college."

The 6-4, 240-pound lineman is focused on USC, Washington, Oregon, TCU, Miami and Alabama. He plans to take all of his visits before making a commitment and knows what he is looking for in a school.

"I'm looking for a school with a good education, a good coaching staff that can help me get to the next level, and a team that is ready to compete for a national championship," he said.

This coming week, Townsend will be in Alabama for the New Level/Badgers Sports Elite 7-on-7 Tournament. He plays middle linebacker for Team 1925, which features DeAnthony Thomas, Victor Blackwell, Jordan Payton, Corey Waller, and is coached by former USC stars Keyshawn Johnson and Brian Kelly.

When he returns from Alabama, the four-star defensive end will spend the rest of the summer working with Greg Townsend, who just happens to be his father and one of the NFL's all-time sack leaders.

"It's just hard work with me and my dad," he said. "I am trying to get in better shape than I am now, and just trying to make sure that we have the right technique for next season.

"It's awesome because it's like I am a step ahead of a lot of people. Like I said about Coach O, I listen to everything that my dad is telling me because he is telling me the right things. He has been there and done that, and he was good at it."


Four-star DE Greg Townsend Jr. showing his athleticism by playing MLB during 7-on-7.


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