Johnson lists Irish among his favorites

Defensive end Jaylen Johnson of Corona (Calif.) Centennial has seen just one of the schools in his top five, but that will change this weekend. Johnson talks about his interest in the Irish and when he plans on making a decision.

Defensive end Jaylen Johnson of Corona (Calif.) Centennial is looking for a great college atmosphere and stellar academics in the school he chooses to ink with next February.

For those two reasons, Notre Dame jumped into his top five after the Irish offered in late May.

"Notre Dame is just so well known for everything," Johnson said. "Academics are a priority for every student there. Their football program is becoming one of the best in the country, too."

Johnson's top schools also include Boise State, Northwestern, Oregon and Vanderbilt. Of those five, he has only visited Boise State but that will soon change when he visits Notre Dame this weekend. Johnson won't participate in camp, though he's focused on getting a good feel for the campus.

"I'm really excited to see Notre Dame," Johnson said. "I hear good things about it from everyone. I'm excited to see [Notre Dame assistant] Coach (Bob) Elliott and see the campus. I want to major in business, so I'm looking forward to checking their business program."

The 6-foot-3, 235-pound athlete says the Irish are recruiting him to play defensive end.

"Notre Dame likes how athletic I am and how well I use my hands at the line of scrimmage," Johnson said. "They say I would fit well in their defense."

Johnson says he will likely not commit before summer's end, but it won't be too long after before he makes a final decision. He currently has no other visits scheduled for the summer.

"I will take a couple of official visits and then decide," Johnson said. "It will be sooner than later."

Johnson is ranked as three-star prospect and as the No. 81 defensive end in the class of 2014. Top Stories