Johnson Lands UCLA Offer

The Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw athlete, Mossi Johnson, got a UCLA offer on Wednesday and the Bruins lead for the the City Section star...

Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw athlete Mossi Johnson (6-0, 175), knew a good performance at Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian could pay huge dividends for him.

Matched up against four-star receiver Francis Owusu, a Stanford commit, Johnson held Owusu to one catch while picking off two passes.

A few days later, the three-star got an offer from a school he'd been hoping to get one from for some time.

"I had been talking with UCLA for quite a while, but I didn't think the offer would come this quick. So I guess it was out of the blue that they offered me," said Johnson. "I think they finally offered me because of the game I had against Oaks Christian. My coaches had me guard their big receiver Owusu, and then for me to hold him to one pass and no touchdowns and have two interceptions, I think that opened some eyes."

UCLA's eyes had been on Johnson since the summer, when he camped with the Bruins, working out on both sides of the ball, and his versatility enabled UCLA to offer him as an athlete.

"They offered me as an athlete which was nice," said Johnson. "Coach (Jim) Mora said he liked me at corner, the receivers coach (Eric Yarber) said he loved me at receiver and the DB coach (Demetrice Martin) said he loved me at corner or safety. I'm not sure what I want to play. I just want to play whatever gets me on the field soon."

Johnson said that while Yarber and Martin are the main two coaches recruiting him, it was the head coach who gave him the good news.

"Coach Mora was who I talked to and he was the coach who offered me so it was exciting," said Johnson. "He said the coaches are fighting over me."

Which side of the ball Johnson plays dates back to the UCLA camp.

"At first they had me at defensive back but then I went to receiver and then I finished the camp at receiver," said Johnson.

Johnson said that he doesn't have any plans to commit early, but UCLA is in the pole position.

"UCLA is definitely my leader," said Johnson. "I planned to commit, but not any time soon. My family really likes UCLA though. It's close to home and I knew I could play in the Pac-12. I was getting frustrated seeing guys I outplayed getting Pac-12 offers so the offer from UCLA means a lot because not only do I have a Pac-12 offer, but I know I can stay close to home."

Johnson, who has an offer from UNLV, said a few other schools are showing interest in him.

"I think Arizona State, San Diego State and Washington could be close to offering me too," said Johnson.

Johnson attended UCLA's home opener against Nebraska and said he plans to attend a few more home games this year.

Crenshaw is 4-1 and has a bye before facing Rancho Dominguez next week.

Brandon is in his eighth year with FOX Sports NEXT, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the FOX Sports NEXT Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the FOX Sports NEXT network since 2003.
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