Los Angeles Running Back Showing Interest In OSU

Running back Stafon Johnson of Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey is going to be one of California's most highly-recruited players, and he is showing some early interest in Ohio State. What got him interested in the Buckeyes? Duane Long has more on this prospect.

Running back Stafon Johnson of Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey currently ranks as one of California's top offensive players. Johnson says much of the West Coast has offered him already as he lists offers from all the Pac-10 schools but Stanford, along with Tennessee and Baylor.

"Florida and Florida State just asked for tape," he added.

Johnson is paying a lot of attention to USC, but he said distance is not a factor.

"It really makes no difference," he said. "I'm not paying attention to depth charts either. I can accomplish whatever I put my mind to."

Don't expect a decision to come anytime soon either.

"I know I'm going to be a last minute guy," he said. "I'm going to be weighing this out. I'm still undecided."

Johnson said he has only been to camp at USC so far and won't know anything more on camps until after track season, and he hasn't checked out any other schools either.

"I have not set up any school visits yet," he said. "I have not been to any place yet."

Johnson does have some interest in Ohio State. He says that interest came from an ex-Buckeye who is currently in the pros.

"Na'il Diggs," Johnson said. "He's from our school. He talked to me about Ohio State."

Right now, the Buckeyes are on a list with several other schools. When asked what schools he would take official visits to if he had to choose today, Johnson said, "Southern Cal, Tennessee, California, Florida, and the fifth would be up in the air between Ohio State, Miami and Florida State. Maybe a couple other schools."

It's not uncommon for a player to have academics weigh heavily into a decision, but Johnson's choice of major is not one that too many football prospects look to go into.

"My major's going to be important to this decision," he said. "It's going to be musical engineering. Also, the environment, the players (will be important). I'm going to be spending the next four or five years wherever I go."

 Johnson reports a 10.74 100 time at 6-feet, 200 pounds. He ran for 1,839 yards last year while sharing time with another back. Johnson only played defense the last two games of the season and had three interceptions and over 30 tackles at free safety along with a stripped ball returned for a touchdown that was called back on a penalty.

Johnson's team's season came to a tough end last year.

"We went to the state championship game and lost to a team we beat during the season," he said.


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