Johnson has top 6, decision on tap

Defensive end Jaylen Johnson of Corona (Calif.) Centennial is nearing a final decision. He talks his top six, and he explains why the Irish are very much in the mix to land him. Also, find out what position the Irish are going against the grain to recruit him.

Defensive end Jaylen Johnson of Corona (Calif.) Centennial has two official visits scheduled for the month of September, and he could end his recruitment shortly after.

"I am going to take my official visits that I have set up and then go from there," Johnson said. "I am going to Oregon on Sept. 14 and Boise State on Sept. 28. I'll wait and decide after that if I'm going to take any more officials or if I'll be ready to decide then."

With a 6-foot-2, 235-pound frame, the Irish are recruiting Johnson to play inside linebacker at the next level.

"Notre Dame wants me to play middle linebacker," Johnson said. "Most schools like me as a hybrid outside linebacker or defensive end, but Notre Dame says that at 6-foot-2, they like me for inside linebacker. That's the height they measured me when I visited. They like my athleticism and the way that I can get to the ball."

Johnson visited Notre Dame this summer, and he said the coaching staff is primarily what stands out to him about the Irish.

"Notre Dame has a great campus," Johnson said. "I really like how their coaches conduct business with their players on the field. They are very confident with everything they do, and I like that a lot."

Johnson has a top six, though one school does hold the top spot.

"My top six schools are Oregon, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, USC, Boise State and Northwestern," Johnson said. "Boise State probably has a little bit of an edge on all the others right now. They are recruiting me the hardest."

"I'm going to look at atmosphere and the vibe that I get from the school when I decide," Johnson said. "I want somewhere that I can spend the next four or five years of my life and love it and also get a great education."

Johnson is a three-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 87 defensive end in 2014 by Top Stories