Johnson Brothers to Visit

The San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian 2015 athlete Kirk Johnson and his younger brother, 2016 receiver, Collin Johnson, will visit UCLA next weekend...

San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian 2016 receiver Collin Johnson (6-5, 193), is one of the premier playmakers in the West in his class.

Johnson already has seven offers, with two more coming this past week and next week, he'll head down to Southern California and could add to that.

"I have seven offers right now from Colorado State, Texas, TCU, Utah, Oregon State, Rutgers and California," said Johnson.

This coming weekend, Johnson will visit the two Pac-12 schools in the Southland.

"I'm going to USC and UCLA this weekend, the 28th and 29th," said Johnson. "I've been talking mostly with Coach (Tee) Martin at USC and at UCLA I'm talking to Coach (Eric) Yarber."

Tennessee is also recruiting Johnson heavily and an offer could come from there as well.

"I'm talking to Tennessee a lot and I want to go on a visit there before it's all said and done," said Johnson. "I talk to them on the phone quite a bit so I'd like to learn more about them as a program."


Collin Johnson (left) will visit UCLA this weekend with his brother, Kirk (right).

Last month, Johnson was offered by Texas, where his father starred, and the Horns offered him and his brother Kirk Johnson, a three-star running back in the 2015 class.

While Johnson said he's not 100% headed to Texas, the Horns are definitely in the driver's seat.

"I'm not dead set on going to Texas right now, but right now they lead on my list, they're No. 1," said Johnson. "I do plan to look into the other schools but after my unofficial visit, I saw what they had to offer, they're my leader. I'm not ready to commit yet though because I still want to see all the schools."

Johnson said that he and his brother are essentially a package deal, but Kirk gets a head start.

"I think it's a big deal for us to play together because pretty much because if a school will offer Kirk, he tells them we'll play together and that's great to have an opportunity to play together," said Johnson.

That helps Texas.

"We got a different feel there because our dad played there," said Johnson. "But it's got to be a fit for both of us."

Johnson is eager to get down to Los Angeles this weekend to visit USC and UCLA, with the only two schools he's ever visited being hometown San Jose State and then Texas.

"I've actually driven by UCLA a couple of times when I've been down there and it looked nice from the outside so it's a great opportunity to check out the school and the program," said Johnson. "I've talked with Coach Yarber a couple of times and we have a good relationship."

Johnson said his timetable could be sped up because of Kirk having a year on him in recruiting.

"We're going to talk it over with my family, but I know Kirk is planning to commit sometime before his senior season so I'll probably commit then too," said Johnson. "It's just something we have talk over with my family."

Johnson said he's hoping to stay at receiver when he gets to college.

"As long as I can carry my weight right, I should be fine," said Johnson. "I work out to stay faster and I'll keep improving and getting stronger. Then whatever happens, happens. I know at the combine, there were 6-5 receivers way heavier than anything I will be so I'm not too worried."

Johnson was one of the top underclassmen we saw at the Pylon Elite 7v7 playing with the Bay Area Elite and he has a few more 7v7 tournaments he plans to play in. He'll also be at the Oakland NFTC in May.

Academically, he has a 3.0 and will take the ACT and SAT next year when he's a junior.


By Robby Boydstun of EDuck.com:

USC and UCLA could be the next schools to offer Valley Christian running back Kirk Johnson, the three-star prospect told eDuck.com on Friday.

Johnson will learn more about both schools next week when he trips to Southern California, and he believes one could be closer to offering than the other.

"I'm thinking USC," Johnson said. "I go up on the 29th I think, and then I'll visit UCLA as well. But I'm pretty confident USC would be the first offer and possibly UCLA."

Johnson said he's been talking more frequently with the Trojans coaching staff and hopes to get to know them better during his visit.

"I just want to meet some of the coaches and kind of see the facilities, as well as some practices," Johnson said.

If he visits Westwood, Johnson said he wants to see more of the campus in addition to the facilities. Outside of those trips, he plans on attending Junior Day at Arizona on April 12, and there is a possibility that he could visit Arizona State right after that.

Although he'll be busy with visits, Johnson plans on participating at some offseason camps. He wants to hit a couple of bigger camps this spring and might even attend events at USC, UCLA and Texas.

Kirk Johnson

"I'm for sure doing the NFTC (Oakland) and possibly The Opening," he said.

Standing with three offers right now from Colorado State, Texas and San Jose State, Johnson said there's more than one school recruiting him pretty hard right now.

"There's a few," Johnson said. "Utah's going pretty hard. Texas is as well and Cal and Colorado State probably."

One school that Johnson is interested in is Oregon. Johnson said he has talked with members of the coaching staff and is friends with current Ducks running back and Valley Christian alumnus Byron Marshall.

Although their conversations tend to not revolve around recruiting according to Johnson, he said progress is being made with Oregon.

"I've talked to him a little bit," Johnson said. "Right now I'm trying to set up a visit."

Johnson isn't sure if he'll drag the recruiting process out into 2015 or decide before next season. But he knows exactly what he's looking for in a program.

"As of right now I'm pretty open to a bunch of schools," Johnson said. "It's whoever comes to me and shows interest that is probably going to be the one."


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