Self-Imposed Crunch Time

Jordan Johnson won't be signing a letter of intent until February of next year, but he aims to make his decision on where to sign by this weekend. Johnson was leaning toward BYU after his camp visit, but went on to visit UCONN this past weekend. So where does Johnson stand and what are BYU's chances at securing his commitment this weekend?

"I'd still say that I'm leaning toward BYU right now," stated Johnson following his unofficial visit to UCONN. "I really enjoyed my visit to UCONN though and it's going to make my decision a tough one, but I'm definitely going to decide this weekend."

Jordan Johnson is a 5-foot-10-inch, 175-pound cornerback prospect from North Andover, Massachusetts. He became interested in BYU, and vice versa, almost entirely due to the efforts of Danny Ainge, who works with Johnson's uncle in the Boston Celtics front office. Johnson subsequently attended BYU's non-padded camp and came home with an offer from the Cougar coaching staff, in addition to a very good impression of the school and the football program.

Johnson holds offers from BYU and UCONN currently and mentioned that he'll be deciding between those two schools this weekend. He wanted to check out UCONN before making a decision, and he did just that this weekend and came back off the trip liking a lot of the things that UCONN has to offer.

"Coaches [at UCONN] explained to me that they reevaluate every year," explained Johnson. "Just because a guy starts one year doesn't mean they automatically start the next year, and I like that. They explained that I could start right away if I proved myself because of their system, and that's definitely something I like."

Johnson also cited the social aspect that UCONN holds over BYU.

"BYU was a real culture shock for me, to be sure," expressed Johnson. "UCONN has a social environment I'm more used to. I also have some friends that are going to go there, so I really like that aspect. It would be easier to fit in socially at UCONN."

Johnson is not without social influences at BYU though, as he's come to know many recruits that have committed to sign letters of intent with BYU.

"Jake Heaps, Ross Apo, Zac Stout - all those guys I've gotten to know a bit and I'd love to play with them," explained Johnson. "I think I'd definitely have an opportunity to play in a BCS bowl at BYU more than I would at UCONN, so that's something I really like about BYU."

Johnson has been in communication with Heaps and Stout via text messages and whatnot, but hasn't met them in person. And while he hasn't met those two face-to-face as of yet, he did run into Ross Apo at the Dallas airport and noted that he got along well with the top receiver recruit for BYU.

"I was stopping over on my way back to Massachusetts and [Apo] was leaving, so we got talking and he's a real cool guy," related Johnson. "He looks like a great athlete and that's what I like about BYU. They're getting in some top talent that is really going to be good."

Even though BYU's social environment isn't something that Johnson is used to, he readily cites the overall environment of the campus and football program as being perhaps the best thing about the school.

"I just really felt good there, like I could really get better and improve the most if I went there," said Johnson. "I really like UCONN too though, so it's going to be a tough decision. I've talked to my mom about BYU and she's all for it, so I definitely have her support. I just have to think about it a bit more this week, but I'll be deciding this weekend and committing."

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