Johnson Enjoys Camping at BYU

Most campers at BYU come from Utah and the surrounding states. Jordan Johnson perhaps made the longest journey of anyone at BYU's camp this week, however, as he hails from the state of Massachusetts. So why did he make the long trip and what is his interest in BYU?

Jordan Johnson is a 5-foot-10-inch, 175-pound cornerback recruit from Brooks School in North Andover, Massachusetts. He claims a 4.47 forty and is being recruited by BYU, UCONN, Tulsa and Syracuse early on and holds offers from both UCONN and now BYU.

Johnson came to know about BYU through his uncle, Leo Papile, who works in the Boston Celtics' front office, which obviously puts him in constant contact with former Cougar basketball star and current Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge.

"Danny Ainge started talking to my uncle about BYU and he liked what he heard," explained Johnson. "He then told me and it sounded good too, so I went out there to check it out for myself this past week."

Johnson participated all this past week in BYU's non-padded camp. After seeing him perform a few times, Cougar coaches immediately met him with an offer. Johnson will strongly consider that offer, as he thoroughly enjoyed his trip out to Provo and to BYU's campus.

"I loved it," said Johnson about his camp experience at BYU. "It was different, but I really like everything that BYU has to offer. I really liked the people the most. I met a lot of the recruits and incoming players and I got along great with all of them."

Johnson mentioned that he really hit it off with incoming freshmen Brett Thompson and Mitch Mathews, who he'll be covering and getting to know a whole lot better during practices if he goes on to sign with BYU.

Johnson also really enjoyed his interaction with the Cougar coaching staff.

"Coach Hill is a great guy and that's who I worked out with most," related Johnson. "I also got to meet with Coach Mendenhall and he's just real impressive. I love how he does things and how BYU does things. I could definitely see myself going there."

Johnson is not LDS, but had the honor code explained to him fully and feels it will be a benefit to him in college.

"I can do the honor code for sure," stated Johnson. "It's a good thing that they have an honor code at BYU, that's how I view it."

The plan now is to talk it over with his family and then decide what school he'll commit to as soon as this weekend. Johnson indicated that the choice will be between BYU and UCONN.

"I'm visiting UCONN again this weekend and we'll just compare them with what I did and felt at BYU," explained Johnson. "I just want to make sure, but if things go according to plan I'll commit to either BYU or UCONN by next week. I first have to talk to my mom and family about BYU and see what they think."

Johnson stated that UCONN's positive is that it's an east coast school with a familiar environment. UCONN was also his first offer, which no doubt will be considered when he makes his decision.

As for BYU, Johnson simply liked everything it has to offer.

"Everything they had, I liked," said Johnson about BYU. "Everything from the facilities, the coaches, but mostly the players and just the environment is what I liked about BYU. It was a great experience being there for a week and I could commit to them for sure this coming week."


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