Johnson Commits

BYU secured a commit from Jordan Johnson on Thursday. The feeling Johnson had while at BYU stuck with him and was reinforced by conversations with some former players and others close to the program. TBS caught up with Johnson to learn more about his commit.

"After talking it over some more with my uncle and with Austin Ainge some, I got convinced that BYU is the place for me," related Jordan Johnson. "They told me that the academics [and] the environment with the football program at BYU [makes it] is the best place I could possibly be, and I believe it. I felt that when I was there."

Jordan Johnson is a 5-foot-10-inch, 175-pound cornerback prospect from North Andover, Massachusetts. He came to know about BYU from his uncle, who works with Cougar legend Danny Ainge in the Boston Celtics' front office.

Johnson spent a week at BYU during its non-padded camp learning more about the school and football program. That paved the way towards his commitment on Thursday.

"I called up Coach Mendenhall and committed to him," informed Johnson. "He was excited and very happy for me. He told me that they felt fortunate to have me as part of their program and it felt great talking to him."

As previously reported, Johnson was deciding between BYU and UCONN. He was more familiar with UCONN's environment and culture, having grown up on the east coast. Johnson, however, felt that he could thrive in a new environment.

"I just felt that I needed to get out west," said Johnson. "My mom is moving to Texas here soon, so I'll be closer to her. I think the change of environment is going to suit me well."

While at BYU's camp, Johnson was able to tour the campus. Of particular interest to Johnson was the business school, since he plans on majoring in business.

"That played a big role too in my decision," said Johnson about BYU's business program. "The business school there is among the tops in the country and it's a great opportunity I'll have to get a degree from BYU in business."

Johnson's scholarship, however, is based on him playing football, and Johnson intends on playing some very good football while at BYU.

"I feel that BYU is a program on the rise," stated Johnson. "I have a great chance with the guys that are coming in to take BYU to new heights. That was a big factor in my decision."

Johnson had the opportunity to learn from his future position coach Jaime Hill while at BYU's camp.

"I love Coach Hill," said Johnson. "In the four days with him working out I really felt myself improve. He also spent a lot of time with me explaining to me what BYU was and what was to be expected of me."

Johnson plans on competing immediately for a spot in the Cougars' defensive backfield.

"I'm going to work as hard as I can to play right away when I get there for the 2010 season," stated Johnson about his future at BYU. "They leave everything open from year to year and play the best 11 guys on each side of the ball regardless of experience or anything else. I'm going to work to prove that I'm one of those best 11 guys when I get there next year."


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