USC Football Recruiting

WR London eyeing Summer decision, has three visits in mind

May 15, 2018
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One of the most intriguing prospects in the 2019 recruiting class is Moorpark's Drake London. Not only is London one of the most talented wide recievers in the country, he's also a top prep basketball player with hoops offers from Virginia, California, Oregon, Washington St., Georgetown and Pepperdine. With Oregon St., Wisconsin and USC showing interest.

While football players have been immersed in 7v7, various football camps and Spring unofficial visits, London has been competing with his AAU Basketball Team BTI Select.

"I do have to balance everything and whatever is happening at the moment is what I do," said London. "I'll be doing all football during the week for Spring Ball, then on weekends I'll be playing in AAU Basketball events."

The weekend before Moorpark Spring Practices began (5/7) was the first London had off in a significant amount of time. The week before he played with BTI Select at tournaments in Dallas and Indianapolis. May 26-28 he'll play with BTI in the Compton Magic Classic and tournaments in Atlanta and Las Vegas in July. 

"We're figuring out my official visits with the coaches and my family," said London. "Right now we don't have anything planned, but we're going have to do some panning. I know I want to visit Virginia, USC and UCLA. USC and UCLA will probably be my first visits, because they're close and easy to get to. We're going to have to figure something out right before football season and I'm going to have to cram a lot of visits into a short period of time."

Interest in USC is often high with many of the prospects from southern California, because it's close to home and they're familiar with it. But London's interest in the Trojans goes far beyond proximity and familiarity.

"The academics are amazing, the degree is worth so much there, their attitude is great with how aggressive they are, their mindset and goals are so high," he said. "It makes you want to surround yourself with people like that. They are very big on family and I see it when I go over there. There's a big network of people who are really like family. They'll do anything for each other and the networking there is just amazing."

Nearly every SoCal prospect we've talked to has said the atmosphere and environment at UCLA has changed dramaticaly since the Chip Kelly took over as head coach.

"I visited UCLA once with when Coach Mora was there and it's a whole different vibe with Chip Kelly," London said. "He's brought a lot of energy and it's way different there. The mentality they have and the energy has been upliftecd a lot."

With London being an exceptional talent at basketball and football, we asked if he had a desire to play both sports in college.

"It's always been my dream of mine to put on both jerseys, but it's undecided right now," London said. "It's really hard to play both sports and play at your best."

As far as his timetable for committing to a school is concerned, he said this, "I'm pretty sure right now I'll end up committing before the football season. I'll be committed by then. Maybe sometime in August."

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