Johnson Gives The Latest

After seeing his senior season end prematurely due to injury, linebacker Mark Johnson of Los Angeles Dorsey is now focusing on recruiting. The linebacker has dropped one school from his list and added another, but Ohio State remains. Read on for the latest update.

Linebacker Mark Johnson of Los Angeles Dorsey saw his high school career come to an end in a way that no senior wants -- injury. Johnson suffered a dislocated thumb during the playoffs and was unable to finish his season.

"I am getting my cast off tomorrow," Johnson said last night. "I am not going to play in the Army All-Star game though."

Meanwhile, Johnson's focus is back on recruiting. He has taken two visits so far, the first being to LSU and the second to Cal.

"I went to Cal last week," Johnson said. "The visit went real well."

A new school has also been added to Johnson's list.

"I cancelled Fresno State," he said. "I will be going to Oregon January 13th."

Johnson has also stated interest in UCLA and Ohio State. Johnson said he plans to visit Ohio State in January and added that Ohio State linebackers coach Luke Fickell was at Dorsey High School last week. 

"I have not set up a visit yet but I will," he said. "I am looking to set up with Ohio State for next month."

What got Johnson interested in the Buckeyes?

"I got interested in Ohio State because they put out great linebackers," he said. "It is a great program and a good school."

Distance does not seem to be a factor with Johnson's decision, but he is unsure as to if the weather will make a difference.

"I have not been cold climate yet," he said. "I don't know if it will be an issue until I experience it."

Johnson does not expect to make an announcement anytime soon.

"I will wait until signing day to make my decision," he said. "The school I feel the most comfortable with will get my signature." 

Johnson stands in at 6-3 and is working to get his weight up.

"I am like 220 right now but I have not been lifting because of the injury," he said. "I will be up to 235 by the time I get to college."

Johnson has reported a 2.5 GPA and a 1350 SAT (new version) in the past and took the test again on the 3rd of December.

"Academics are looking good right now," he said.

Johnson has also stated in the past that baseball is a sport he loves and one he could play in college, but now that may not be the case.

"I have played baseball in the past," he said. "I will not play this year."

Johnson had 110 tackles and 8.5 sacks this season.

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