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Upland (Calif.) safety James Johnson, a longtime Arizona State commit, enjoyed his visit to Tempe and is doing a little bit of his own recruiting for the Sun Devils...

Upland (Calif.) safety James Johnson has been a longtime Arizona State commit, but was just able to take his official visit to Tempe last weekend.

"My visit was great. Everything was jam packed on my schedule, but it was worth it. There were a lot of recruits out there; I got to meet and talk with all of them. That was really the best part, sharing that experience with them," he said.

Johnson, however, isn't a stranger to campus, as his official marked his third trip to Sun Devil territory. However, this visit offered Johnson a new perspective to Tempe.

"This was my third visit, but it's the first time I've gone where school has been in session. I went once during the summer and again over the winter break, so this time I got to see it for what it was with all of the students there.

"We went to the basketball game and it was crazy, the fans are crazy. It was a really different experience and I enjoyed it. This time more than ever I got that college feeling; we had some free time and we got to go around campus and talk to people, see how they treat the football players. It was great," he said.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound prospect had a familiar face in his host for the weekend.

"Osahon Irabor was my host this weekend. He went to the same high school as me, so that was a good thing. He said he loves playing there, can't say anything bad about the program. It got me really fired up," he said.

Johnson also had the opportunity to talk with the staff about their plans for incorporating him into the Sun Devils' defense.

"We talked about how I am going to be learning all three safety positions, work hard, and do my best to get on the field. I think there is always a chance [to see the field as a true freshman]. If you work hard, it can always happen," he said.

The athlete committed to the program in October and has since been doing a little bit of his own recruiting, including talking up the Sun Devils to the uncommitted prospects in attendance over the weekend.

"It was about 50-50 on recruits and commits. I always do a little bit of recruiting, try to spread the word. L.J. Moore would be a really big get for us; he's a really good corner. Elijah Daniel is from Indiana; he came all the way out for the visit," he said.

Though Johnson's recruitment blew up over his senior season, as the safety picked up a number of offers, he's happy to be finished with the process.

"I'm wrapping it up. I'm done. I've been done for a while now. It was a good experience, but I'm done with the visits," he said.

He plans to head to campus over the summer.

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