A spring offer from Notre Dame may have contributed to four-star defensive athlete Rahyme Johnson backing off his commitment to UCLA in May.
Regardless, the 6-foot-4, 210-pounder from Los Angeles has tentatively scheduled an official visit to South Bend on Oct. 15 when the Irish host Stanford.
“They just want me to come take a visit up there because you can hear a lot about it but until you see it, it doesn't compare to what people tell you,” Johnson said. “They have been telling me I'm one of the top guys they're recruiting and they just want me to come take the visit and see how I like it. Most likely I'll take an official. If I can get out there in July that would be great too.”
Notre Dame has yet to identify the position where Johnson projects at the next level.
“We haven't really talked much about that,” he said. “They see me as a defensive athlete that could play many positions. We haven't really talked about a set position yet.”
Johnson’s interest in Notre Dame is based on several factors.
“They're very well-rounded,” he said. “The academics are great. It's really just the rich history of the program that intrigues me. That’s a big offer. They're a Top 10 school and in the Top 10 every year, so it's a great one to have.”
Johnson has already visited a handful of schools and hopes to see a few more before two-a-days start.
“I was up at Oregon and Oregon State, Cal, San Diego State,” he said. “I’m looking to take some more in July hopefully. I'm looking to go back to San Diego State and maybe up to Nebraska again. There are a few other schools I want to maybe visit but we'll see how that goes.”
Each school offered something unique and Johnson left feeling good about his potential destinations.
“I loved it out at Oregon, both of the Oregon schools actually. It's a different vibe out there from LA so I love being out there. It's a college town so you have the support of the whole city. The facilities at both schools are great and I got to spend time with the coaches so I love both of them,” he said. “San Diego is just like LA and I have a teammate there, Kyahva Tezino, so hanging out with him was cool. Talking to the coaches was nice. I loved all the schools I have been to.”
Scout.com ranks Johnson as the 258th best prospect and 20th best outside linebacker in the country.