Jerry Johnson Now 100% UCLA

The wide receiver from Venice, Jerry Johnson, said he came close to de-committing from UCLA a while back, especially with a very good official visit to Oregon, but the hiring of Rick Neuheisel and Norm Chow has brought him back...

Venice (Calif.) receiver Jerry Johnson was scheduled to visit Nebraska this weekend after having visited Oregon last weekend. But with UCLA hiring Norm Chow, the soft verbal to the Bruins said he's no longer looking anywhere else but Westwood.

"I decided to stick with UCLA and I'm back 100%," said Johnson. "Norm Chow being hired, that was a big part of it. My coach (Angelo Gasca) knows him pretty well and he's a good coach."

Johnson said his trip to Oregon was enjoyable, and the best trip he had taken, but it wasn't enough to sway him. "The trip was great, I couldn't have asked for anything more. I felt needed there. It wasn't just the facilities. It was them making me feel needed," said Johnson.

He was hosted by Anthony Gildon, who he faced last year when Venice played Oaks Christian in a nationally televised game. "I didn't want to say nothing about our game this year (a Venice win), so I didn't bring it up, because they beat us last year. We matched up last year some and he had two picks, but they weren't on me," said Johnson.

Johnson had scheduled a last-minute visit to Nebraska, where former Gondos quarterback Beau Davis is, but decided against it. "I'm not going to Nebraska. I'm fully with UCLA so there is no need for another visit," said Johnson.

Johnson did say he was close to decommitting entirely from the Bruins. "There was a lot of confusion in my mind. I didn't know where I was going and I didn't know where I wanted to go," said Johnson. "Then I met Coach (Rick) Neuheisel and I was feeling UCLA all over again."

Johnson had Neuheisel in for an in-home visit and he'll have his first chance at meeting new receivers coach Reggie Moore this week. "I had an in-home visit with Coach Neuheisel last week and we talked about a lot of important issues. He was giving me his background and his offensive philosophy. And I'm actually meeting Coach Moore on Thursday. He's coming by the house."

Johnson said that as he began to decide on what school suited him best, too much played in UCLA's favor. "When it was all done, there were way more pros than cons for UCLA," said Johnson. "So I'm relieved to get it over with."

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