Townsend Turns Focus to Recruiting

Greg Townsend Jr.

With his high school football career coming to a close, the highly sought after defensive lineman is ready to turn his attention to recruiting. Go inside for the details.

Beverly Hills defensive end Greg Townsend had a solid performance in the first round of the playoffs on Friday night, but his individual efforts weren't enough to keep his team from being routed by the heavily-favored Serra Cavaliers, 48-7.

"I came out and was excited because I finally got to go against a big, D-1 talented offensive line and I went out there and I fought hard," Townsend said. "I had one sack and could have had two more."

Unlike in most games this season, Townsend was happy to have an opponent run the ball to his side of the field.


Townsend has a top three of USC, TCU and Washington. (Kevin Carden Photo)
"I like it better because I knew this team wouldn't just go the other way. They're a great team and they are going to do what they do," he said. "They weren't going to change up their game plan for one person, so I took advantage of that as much as I could."

The 6-4, 250-pound defensive end started playing football as a freshman in high school and proved to be a quick study, thanks to a lot of hard work and some good genes.

"I'm proud of the way I switched sports so fast, and became so successful in football. I'm able take my game to another level and get a better education and go off to college," he said. "That is something that I am proud of myself on, and my family is proud of me."

With his high school football career coming to a close, the highly sought after defensive lineman is ready to turn his attention to recruiting.

"My focus goes straight to recruiting right now," Townsend said. "We turn our stuff in on Monday and right after that I start thinking about school first, then probably get together with my dad on the weekends and start talking about some colleges and watch a couple games."

His favorite schools remain the same with USC, TCU and Washington solidly in the top three.

So what stands out about each school?

USC: "You can never say anything bad about the Trojans, maybe the sanctions but that's about it. They are always going to be an upside football team and they are looking to go up."

Washington: "I can see myself going up there and playing right away, getting some playing time. That's what I like about Washington."

TCU: "That's my dad's legacy. He went there and is the all-time sack leader, so I am looking to go off and break his records."

Townsend recently took the SAT but was informed that his test may have been lost, which would delay his ability to take official visits.

"Something happened and they can't find my SAT. I don't know what's going on, mine out of all million of them, it's strange," he said. "I am just waiting for that to come and if it doesn't come then I will take it again on Dec.11th."

The five-star recruit plans to eventually take official visits to Washington, TCU, Oregon and Miami and will announce his college choice at the Under Armour All-American Game in January.


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