RECRUITING: Johnson May Play 2 Sports

Even though Mark Johnson has been named to the US Army All-America Game as a linebacker for the West team, don't think that football is the only thing on his mind. Johnson is a center fielder at Los Angeles (CA) Dorsey and he is seriously considering playing two sports at the next level.

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Johnson is a 6-3, 227-pound four-star (by linebacker with the perfect combination of size and speed to stand out for a Division I defense. He enjoys playing football his heart is on the baseball diamond.

"Baseball was my number one sport and I love it with a passion," he said.

It is football however, that has Johnson on the recruiting radar of nearly every top football program in the nation. He says LSU, Ohio State, UCLA, Cal, Ole Miss, and Florida are the schools that are recruiting him with the most intensity.

For Johnson, recruiting means trying to figure out which coaches are telling him what's factual and which ones are just telling him what he wants to hear.

He said, "They tell me different things. Some coaches are telling me I will have an equal opportunity to get on the field my first year. Other coaches tell me that I will play a lot if I attend their school."

Johnson made an official visit to Baton Rouge for the LSU-Florida game and left impressed with the campus, the coaching staff and the atmosphere fans created.

His second official visit will be at Cal on December 9. He will definitely make an official visit to the University of Florida but he hasn't set the official date yet.

Don't expect a commitment from him anytime soon. Johnson has indicated that he will take his time and think things through very carefully before he pulls the trigger on a commitment.

Johnson has a 2.5 GPA and a 1350 on the new version SAT. He benches 300 pounds, squats 500 and has a 37-inch vertical jump.

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