One of the top offensive line recruits in the state of California for the class of 2013 is expected to be John Lopez from Orange Lutheran (Calif.) High School.
Lopez (6-foot-5, 315 pounds) is a two-year starter at offensive guard for an Orange Lutheran team that plays in the tough Trinity League, so he has faced some quality competition in his career. Lopez received his first scholarship offer as a sophomore from then-UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel, and he has added recent offers from Florida State and Colorado as well. Lopez has already received interest from Washington, Nebraska and Wisconsin, with Alabama also making contact, and attended the recent junior day at USC.
Lopez was in attendance on Saturday at the Asante Trenchmen Academy camp at Santa Fe Springs (Calif.) St. Paul High School as he begins the all-important spring camp and combine circuit.
“It’s a good experience to be out here to get the kinks out,” Lopez said. “It’s been a while since our season ended so I want to get back to doing these drills and getting ready for the combines. I’ll be going to the Nike Camp in Los Angeles and I’m really looking forward to it.”
The offensive line instructor for the Asante camp was Zach Heberer, a former USC offensive lineman from 2007-10 who is now the o-line coach at St. Paul.
“John has great hand placement and good feet,” Heberer said. “He’s just a heck of an athlete. He needs to learn to finish better, if I had to point out one thing that would be it but he’s going to be a real good player.”