Defensive end Greg Townsend Jr.(6-4, 242) from Beverly Hills, Calif., is already one of the most sought after players for the class of 2011. He has offers on the table from six of the 10, Pac-10 schools, plus one from the Miami Hurricanes and isn't even signing day for the class of 2010 yet. What does that tell you about how college programs think of Townsend?
Besides the Canes; Arizona State, Cal, Oregon, UCLA, USC and Washington have all offered the talented defensive end. He is getting letters from just about everybody else.
Townsend earned League Defensive Player of the Year for his junior season performance. He was also a first-team all-CIF selection.
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With that impressive list of early offers has Townsend started thinking about colleges?
"I'm waiting for the summer before I really start thinking about where I go," Townsend said. "I'm going to try and go to the SC junior day, the UCLA one and I might go up to Cal.
"I haven't decided if I will be going to any camps yet," Townsend said. "I think I'm going to go the USC camp again and UCLA's camp. I also want to try and get out of state and go to some camps.
"I will definitely be going to the NIKE camp in Los Angeles."
Did Townsend have any favorite schools growing up?
"Not really," Townsend said. "When I was growing up I wasn't really a football player, I was more of a basketball player so I liked North Carolina, but I guess I could say TCU, because that's where my dad went, so I always liked TCU and probably UCLA and USC because they are so close to home.
"I would like to hear from TCU," Townsend said. "I have been kind of waiting on them."
Townsend has outstanding football bloodlines. His father is Greg Townsend Sr., who played in the NFL for the then Los Angeles Raiders.
What is Townsend looking for in a college?
"First I will be looking is a good education and where I can best see myself in the system," Townsend said. "I will also be looking at where I would play and how early I will play then I will be looking for a good college atmosphere.
"I'm think about studying communications.
In the weight room, Townsend has a current bench of 275, he squats 400 and he has recorded a 36-inch vertical.
A versatile athlete, Townsend also plays on the basketball team and participates in track. His events are high jump, the discus and the shot put.
"My goals for my senior season are to help get my team better," Townsend said. "It looks pretty good for us next season and I have high hopes for my team.
"I want to go out with a good season as a senior," Townsend said. "Another goal for me is, a lot of people know me a pass rush defensive end, but I want to be an all-purpose defensive end, so I'm going to work on stopping the run.
The scouting report on Townsend is he's an outstanding leader and a good teammate. His teammates look up and like him. He's a hard worker and never misses a practice or a workout in the weight room. He's extremely quick off the ball and that makes him hard to block. He's a solid student, who never gets in trouble.