Johnson talks about his commitment to UCLA
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Johnson talks about his commitment to UCLA

It always seemed like just a matter of time before Fresno (Calif.) Central defensive back Johnny Johnson committed to longtime leader UCLA and the gifted corner decided to pull the trigger over the weekend.

Johnny Johnson is currently the No. 1 rated corner in the state and was the only defensive back in the west to have offers from every school in the Pac 12. He had narrowed his choices to Stanford, UCLA and Washington and took official visits to see the Huskies earlier in the year and was in Westwood over the weekend.

"I committed Saturday night," Johnson said. "Going in to the visit, I knew if things went well, I would go ahead and commit and that's how it played out. I knew right away on Friday that UCLA was the place for me. I just really felt comfortable there with the players and coaches.

"UCLA was just the best overall fit for me and offered me everything I was looking for. They have a good football program that is getting better, they have great academics, I like the coaching staff and I'll have a chance to compete for playing time right away."

Johnson said location didn't really play a factor but was an added bonus.

"I would have left home if I felt like it was the best place for me," Johnson said. "At the same time, I'm glad to stay on the West Coast and I always planned to play in the Pac 12. If you're a receiver or corner, why would you want to play anywhere else?

"They pass the ball like crazy in the Pac 12 so I always knew I wanted to play in this conference. I want to challenge myself and you also have the chance to make a lot of plays and that's what I'm looking forward to doing. I'm very happy to have this commitment out of the way and I'm thrilled to be a Bruin."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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