Tyler Johnson

Johnson recaps Arizona State visit, talks about future plans

Four-star recruit Tyler Johnson was at Arizona State over the weekend as his recruiting process continues to unfold.

Gilbert (Arizona) Highland athlete Tyler Johnson was among the official visitors at Arizona State for a high profile weekend that concluded Sunday. 

Johnson, 6-foot-4, 245 pounds, is no stranger to the ASU campus. He was at the school along with some of the bigger name local prospects in August.

Following that trip, Johnson said he learned a lot more about the ongoing football facilities project. This weekend he got more academic insight into the life of ASU student-athletes. But nothing was really new.

"It was a good visit, it went well," Johnson said. "Nothing really different. 

"It wasn't really a sales pitch, they just kept it real with everything. Just their plans with how they were going to get other players and what they were going to do with me and how they see me in their program."

The Sun Devils are recruiting Johnson to play Devil backer and that fits his preference of playing on the defensive side of the ball. It's where his focus was as a senior in high school after playing a lot more on offense as a junior. 

Johnson met several out of state official visitors, Randal Grimes and Amaud Willis-Dalton, and also got to spend more time with other local visitors. One of those recruits, fellow four-star defensive prospect Isaiah Pola-Mao is a player he's already very familiar with. 

"I knew Isaiah really well already," Johnson. "We're pretty tight."


The son of former Michigan State standout Bill Johnson, Tyler already visited the Spartans several weeks ago. He also is planning to make at least a couple more official visits early next year before making a decision. 

"In January I'm going to visit Florida State and Pitt, maybe Missouri but that one isn't for sure yet," Johnson said. "That's not set." 

One thing Johnson knows for sure is that he'll be glad when the recruiting process is over and he can get his college career underway. 

"It's getting annoying," Johnson said, regarding recruiting. "Right now it's just going through a bunch of just talk. I'm just kind of waiting for the football to start again."

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