Brandon Johnson Taking his Time

Brandon Johnson of Dominguez High School in Compton, Calif., is a talented athlete who plays football and runs track. The speedster is being recruited primarily as a running back. However, one school would like to see him on the defensive side of the ball.

Brandon Johnson of Dominguez High School in Compton, Calif., said he wasn't sure of the number of offers he's received from colleges. He recently told he has written offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Cal, Colorado, Mississippi State, Utah, UTEP, UNLV, and Washington State to go along with approximately 20 verbal offers. One of those verbals is from the University of Michigan. "Coach Ron English was out here a while ago and told me he wanted me to play defensive back for Michigan," Johnson said. "I want to play running back and all the other schools are recruiting me to play running back. But Michigan is a top school and I gotta take a look at them."

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Johnson added that he hasn't set up any official visits at this time, but said he would like to take his visits during the season and announce either at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl - if invited - or on National Signing Day.

Johnson had a stellar 2005 campaign, rushing for almost 1500-yards, including a 30 carry, 258-yard performance in the Dons' 41-14 upset win over Notre Dame High School of Sherman Oaks in the CIF Division III Championship. They picked up right where they left off as Dominguez crushed visiting Pasadena on Friday 69-0. Johnson rushed for 136 yards on 13 carries, with five touchdowns.

The win sets up a showdown with cross-town rival Crenshaw. The Cougars handed Dominguez their only loss of the season in 2005. "My cousin Raymond Carter plays for Crenshaw and I'm looking forward to getting that win this year." Carter is a running back who has verbally committed to UCLA. Johnson said that while the two have spoken of attending school together, "I haven't heard much from UCLA."

Johnson said his parents would be happy with whatever decision he makes.

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