Fresno State pursues local four-star recruit Jaylon Johnson

Fresno State hosted four-star defensive back Jaylon Johnson of Fresno (Calif.) Central High School on a visit last weekend.

Fresno State’s 2017 recruiting class has already surpassed expectations and a local four-star athlete could be exclamation point on National Signing Day. 

Jaylon Johnson out of Central High School in Fresno captured the nation’s attention during the recruiting process, earning a four-star rating and hauling in offers from schools including Florida, Georgia, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee and USC.

Johnson ultimately made his commitment to Utah in October, but has since been exploring his options. He took an official visit to Oklahoma in December and another to Arizona State on earlier this month.

Fresno State appeared to have little chance to keep Johnson close to home, but the new coaching staff has reportedly made the Bulldogs a contender for Johnson’s final decision on National Signing Day. Head Coach Jeff Tedford and defensive backs coach J.D. Williams made one of their first in-home visit stops to the local star.

Fresno State Running Backs Coach Jamie Christian also accompanied Williams to talk with Tony Perry, also known as the DB Guru, who has trained Johnson. Christian is credited for flipping Fresno (Washington Union High School) five-star recruit Deontay Greenberry from Notre Dame to Houston in 2012, who was also a DB Guru alumni.

The Bulldogs’ efforts reportedly garnered enough interest from Johnson to take his final official visit to hometown Fresno State.

Johnson remains listed as a “soft verbal” commit to Utah and is expected to make his final decision on National Signing Day between Utah, Arizona State and Fresno State.

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