Can Lightning Strike Three Times at Norco?

Landing Norco (Calif.) offensive linemen Garth Gerhardt and Adam Tello was part of a very strong finish to ASU's 2007 recruiting class. Adding their Broncos teammate Kyle Johnson, would be an excellent way to start building the 2008 class and continue the momentum the Sun Devils have enjoyed recruiting the CIF champion school. Sure enough, Johnson and ASU share a strong mutual interest.

ASU offered 6-7 280 offensive tackle Kyle Johnson two months ago. "I knew Arizona State was looking at me, but I didn't know they would offer," he said. "Ever since they offered me they have been recruiting me really hard."

During our conversation, Johnson wasn't even attempting to be coy about the influence Garth Gerhart and Adam Tello have on his recruitment with Arizona State. "It makes me want to go there more because of them," he commented. "I'm learning a lot about the school from talking to them. It looks like a good place to play at and having Garth and Adam there would make it an easy transition."

Brute force is how the Norco offense wins games and ultimately championships. They sport one of the best running games of any Southern California high school, and in their two consecutive CIF-SS titles they have had a running back eclipse the 2,000-yard mark each season. "We don't pass much, so run blocking is definitely a strong point of mine," said Johnson. "Pass blocking is something I need to work on."

Prior to the Sun Devils, Colorado was the only school to extend Johnson a scholarship offer. San Diego State, Fresno State and Oregon State followed ASU with offers of their own. "If I had to choose right now, Arizona State would be the school I would go to," he admitted. "I really haven't thought about when I'll commit. It could be after the season."

With a 2.8 GPA and an SAT test date in June, Johnson is still in the process of academically qualifying. The offensive tackle remarked that he may attend the ASU team camp, as well as USC's and Colorado this summer.

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