ASU Visit Gives Johnson Much to Think About

Prior to his Tempe visit, Saddleback linebacker Charles Johnson declared the Sun Devils as his leader. An official trip to ASU which concluded today certainly didn't weaken that notion. Yet, Johnson decided not to make his pledge to the maroon and gold as he weighs all his options. Devils Digest caught up with the linebacker Friday afternoon to get the latest on his recruitment.

"I liked the visit a lot," said the 6-2 234 Charles Johnson. "I liked the area, the coaches, and all the people I met. It's a school that can provide a lot of opportunities and seems like a great place where I can better myself. The one thing that impressed me the most is how committed the people were to the players."

As mentioned, Johnson held off on making a decision today and wished to go home and talk things over with his parents, who accompanied him to Tempe. "The people that we sat down and talked with seemed very compassionate and very caring," said Charles' mother Robin. "I loved the area and their educational program sounds like something that would be very beneficial to Charles. He wants to major in philosophy and go to law school. He got to talk to some philosophers who thought it was a good choice for him to go to law school after getting a degree in philosophy…I really enjoyed it there. I know where I would like him to go, but I can't make that decision for him (smile)."

Johnson indicated that while he doesn't have any concrete plans to take any other unofficial visits in the near future, he isn't ruling out trips to two of ASU's Pac-10 foes. "Washington State and Cal are recruiting me," he commented. "This week I'll decide if I'm going to visit them or not."

The linebacker was a qualifier out of El Toro HS in Lake Forrest, Calif. Since he didn't use a redshirt year at Saddleback, he has four years to play three seasons at the Division I level and is eligible to play this season. He initially planned to play his sophomore year at Saddleback, but following a solid freshman campaign where he collected nine sacks, 89 tackles and a forced fumble, he decided to forgo that's second year as recruiting interest from Division I schools picked up considerably. The Sun Devils are recruiting him as a weak side linebacker.

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