John Lopez is already a veteran on the recruiting circuit which is a little unique since the Orange (Calif.) Lutheran offensive lineman is a 2013 prospect who hasn't even started his junior season yet.
But UCLA has already offered and Lopez, a 6-foot-5, 328-pound prospect, has developed a reputation as a standout prospect which he only backed up with a strong performance at last week's B2G Elite Camp.
"I've been doing this for a long time," Lopez said. "I feel like I should be a senior but I'll just wait."
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The Bruins have offered and Lopez said it's basically been made clear to him UCLA will continue to pursue him throughout his high school career. USC has been considered the favorite but Lopez said the Trojans haven't been in much contact recently. That's why he prefers not to name a frontrunner.
"(UCLA) basically told me the offer is going to be there no matter what," Lopez said. "They just let it be.
"I was expecting to hear more from USC but with all their sanctions going on I don't expect to hear much now. I'd like to keep my options open."
Lopez, who said basically the entire Pac-12 is showing interest, is eagerly anticipating Sept. 1 when he believes more contact with come from college coaches.
Since he only worked out at the Los Angeles NIKE Camp and the B2G camp this summer and didn't attend any school camps he's looking forward to that time when he can get to know coaching staffs a little better.
"It's kind of the same right now," Lopez said. "I'm not really expecting much right now. I was talking to my family and we're really waiting for September 1. I'm not taking any trips to college right now. I'm just going to sit back and let it be what it is.
"I can't wait for it. You get all these little camp brochures and you know these schools are interested in you but I can't wait to talk to the coaches and see who's going to offer me."