4-star RB biding his time

FOUR STAR running back Brandon Johnson out of Compton, Calif., started fall camp at Dominguez High yesterday but his offseason preparation has been going on long before official practices began. The all-state performer holds a Beaver offer, and has some definite thoughts on what will be important to his decision making process. The are over 15 minutes of video available on his player profile.

Official visits are usually a key to verbal commitments and for Johnson, they will be especially important.

"Really, the most important thing is the atmosphere," said Johnson. "That's why I'm not committing to anyone right now, I have to take my trips first."

Oregon State has received a verbal commitment from workhorse running back Ahmed Mokhtar. If the Beavs want to take another RB, and Johnson is different than Mokhtar in that he's more a slippery, patient type back, it looks like they'll have some work to do if they're going to be one of Johnson's five official visits.

"I have an offer from them but I don't really know too much about (OSU), and I don't really know anybody there," said Johnson. "It's between Cal and Oregon right now on who is recruiting me the hardest."

JOHNSON SAID he no longer has a frontrunner and that the schools are "all even." Still, some stand out, with Oregon, Cal, Boise State, Washington and Miami those he listed as his top five. Oregon was previously his stated leader -- Johnson's familiar with several players on the Ducks.

"Not anymore, they're all even. The reason I was so big on Oregon was because I know a lot of people out there. And they're a young team...and my cousin (Derrick Jones) goes there too so I think I'd really be comfortable up there. Cal, I know a lot of people up there and they have a young team, too," said Johnson.

After his playing days are over, Johnson said he wants to stay close to the game -- becoming a recruiting coordinator/college coach, and/or an education in sports management would be a plus.

"That's my biggest concern, I just want to make sure it's the right place for me -- I'm also looking beyond football, just in case football (as a career) doesn't work out," said Johnson.

OVER THE course of the summer, Johnson put in five days of hard work every week with his dad, honing his football skills and working on strength gains.

"Oh man, I've been training," said Johnson with a laugh. "My dad, he had me in the weight room, he had me pulling a sled, he had me running -- it was crazy -- running routes, catching balls, everything."

Johnson said he's achieved a qualifying score on the SAT.

As a junior, Johnson racked up 1,490 yards on 151 carries with 24 touchdowns. They still talk down in Compton about the 30-carry, 258-yard, 4-touchdown script he authored in the upset win over Sherman Oaks' Notre Dame in the CIF Division III Championship game.

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