COC Punter Follows Teammates to ASU

There's nothing like former teammates to lure a player to commit to a certain school. College of the Canyons Junior College defensive backs, Justin Tryon and Troy Nolan enrolled in Tempe earlier this month. They told their former punter Jonathan Johnson all he needed to know about the Sun Devils, and he committed Sunday to Coach Tom Osborne and will officially visit Tempe this weekend.

"Arizona State has been recruiting me since January 15th (laughs)," said the 6-1 205 Jonathan Johnson. "They saw me at the Chris Sailer kicking national competition in Las Vegas and offered me a scholarship on Sunday. I committed to them on the phone."

Akron and Delaware State had already offered Johnson, and Utah was going to follow suit but they were turned away because of his commitment to the maroon and gold. "Yeah it's nice to play with guys that used to be on your team," Johnson admitted, "but I wanted to play in the Pac-10 too. They (Tryon and Nolan) told me it's a great school with great weather, except in the summer obviously (smile). And yeah, they told me about the girls too (laughs)."

On the season Johnson, who attended Grace Brethren High School in Simi Valley, recorded a 37.8 yard average per punt. He also converted 6 out of 12 field goals and 55 out of 64 extra points. "They (ASU) said they wanted someone with a good hang time and a fast get off. I can do both. The Chris Sailor camp has really helped me a lot with my skills and obviously gives you good exposure."

Johnson is scheduled to graduate College of the Canyons in May.

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