Scout100 recruit Greg Johnson takes in Arizona State Junior Day

One of the West's top overall athletes visited Arizona State Saturday for its Junior Day.

Greg Johnson had a busy weekend.

Saturday, Johnson and a number of Los Angeles (Calif.) Hawkins High School teammates visited Arizona State for its Junior Day event. A day later, the nation's No. 50 overall prospect and No. 1 athlete in the West was back in Southern California at The Opening Los Angeles regional. 

Johnson, 5-foot-10 and 183 pounds, excelled in the testing phase, registering a Nike Football rating of 113.55, ninth overall in the event. Position work was a bit more of a mixed bag though, at least according to Johnson.

"I felt like I did alright, I did pretty good but there's things I can work on," Johnson said. "I felt like I was lunging in the press (man) and opening up the gate and stuff like that. I just have to stay square. Off man I felt like I did good, so I just got to clean that stuff up, get back in the lab."

Accompanying Johnson on the visit to ASU a day earlier was his brother, 2018 cornerback Marcus Johnson, a 5-foot-10, 180-pounder. When the event was offer, Marcus picked up a scholarship from the Sun Devils to match the one already held by his brother Greg. 

"It was cool, I liked it at Arizona State," Greg Johnson said. "The vibe up there was cool. They let me know I'm a top priority for them, they really want me. Everything was really nice. What stood out is just how they really want me to go to their school and play for them. I didn't know they wanted me that much. It lets me know that they are really into me, and probably that I'll get to play early and make a big impact there.

"Talking to (ASU coach) Todd Graham, I liked it. That was one of the better parts of it to me. I felt like he was a real coach, like everything he was telling me was real. He let me know that he would be working with me directly and stuff like that."

The No. 5 overall athlete prospect in the country, Johnson could play on either side of the ball in college, but it appears cornerback is where he's most likely to end up. Colleges are lining up from coast to coast for his services, with Arizona, Cal, Colorado, Michigan, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Tennessee, UCLA, USC and Washington having already reportedly extended scholarship offers. 

"I'll probably take a few visits in the spring but not sure where yet," Johnson said. "Getting a good education, playing early, getting along with the coaches, those are things I'm really looking at. ASU, being there, talking to the coaches, they're definitely one of the schools I'm going to be really looking at."

Hawkins is loaded with talent and went 8-1-1 last season, but was ineligible to compete in the city section playoffs due to a ruling that it used ineligible players a year earlier in the playoffs. 

Even so, Greg Johnson is proud of the team, which he helped lead as a two-way standout. He averaged an amazing 13.3 yards per carry as a running back with 1,108 yards on 83 carries with 11 touchdowns. As a receiver, Johnson had 28 catches for 422 yards and six touchdowns. On defense he had 42 tackles with four interceptions and six passes defended.

Hawkins is only in four years into its existence and didn't have a graduating class until 2014. Its relative inexperience, as well as the bond between the players has made the program's success all the more special, according to Johnson. 

"It's real cool just because I've been knowing most of them for a long time, he said. "So it's like, we're a family really. It means a lot, like watching your friends so hard every day and earn their scholarships and for us to just go all out to be successful together. Especially for my brother, I've been watching him try to work to get to where I be at."


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