Gardena (Calif.) Serra 2014 wide receiver Jordan Lasley is eagerly anticipating his first season with the Cavaliers after transferring from Carson (Calif.).
“I already knew a bunch of people on the team, and Serra definitely has the right coaching. We start spring football in mid May, and I’m just getting ready to get the plays in tact, knowing all my routes. Serra has a game out of state this year, in Utah, that I’m really looking forward to. I’m just working hard and keeping up my grades,” he said.
Serra boasts a strong group of underclassmen, and Lasley is happy to working with those players.
“There’s a lot of good talent on our team, like our quarterback Jalen Greene and linebacker Dwight Williams. I’ve been running track in the off-season to get my speed up and I’m just working out with Jalen, getting our chemistry for the upcoming season,” he said.
Though Lasley plays on both sides of the ball and is prepared to play wherever needed, he thinks he’ll end up on the offensive side.
“My strengths are definitely my speed and how I get in and on out of my routes. I have good feet and quickness. I show athleticism on defensive side, but right now I’d say that I think I’ll play wide receiver. I have a lot of speed and my hands are pretty good, but I’m a pretty good defensive back, too,” he said.
Though college is still a few seasons away, Lasley has already started to give the recruiting process some thought, as there is one particular program that he grew up a fan of.
“USC is my dream school. I went to Junior Day with my friends, and it taught us what the expectations were from you as both a person and a player, and let us see the kind of support the coaches have. They are willing to play freshman right away and give everyone a fair chance, and their offense fits what I do. They look for speed and size receivers, and I’m already 6’2”,” he said.
Lasley has also been hearing from a few out-of-state programs, as well.
“I’ve been getting interest from Oregon. They’ve asked me to send over information and said that they like what I’ve been doing on the field. They invited me to one of the camps on campus, so I’m really going to try and go to that. I also talked with Jethro Franklin, the defensive line coach at Miami, and if they are offering to give me a visit, I’ll definitely take one,” he said.
Lasley has also been receiving interest from Utah and is hoping to hear from Arizona State. Currently, he's open to all options and isn’t making proximity an issue.
“If the offense or defense fit me at a certain school and I like the environment and the focus that the program has, then I’m not really basing anything around staying on the West Coast,” he said.
The prospect is also planning to attend USC’s Rising Stars camp this summer, but will probably hold off on taking other visits until after his junior season.
In the meantime, Lasley has been working hard in preparation for both spring ball and the season, hitting the weight room hard. Aside from working to put on more weight, he’s hoping to grow another inch or two.
“My dad is 6’5”, and I just want to be 6’4”. I have to hit the weight room hard; the teams we play this year have a lot of bigger players, and I’m the tall, slim guy. Right now I’m at 180 lbs., but I’m trying to put on about 15 pounds before the season,” he said.