Johnson Returning to Southland

The San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian 2016 receiver, Collin Johnson, planning an April trip to UCLA...

San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian 2016 receiver Collin Johnson (6-5, 193), has been to Texas and down to Southern California and this weekend he'll visit the desert.

Despite being almost two years away from signing with anyone, Johnson is already heavily coveted and flanking his brother, 2015 running back Kirk Johnson, already diligently hitting the recruiting trail.

Johnson has offers from Arizona State, California, Colorado State, Oregon State, Rutgers, TCU, Texas and Utah already in the early going.

Recently, he visited USC unofficially and enjoyed his time there.

"I liked what they're doing there," said Johnson. "They're doing good things there and I really like it. The athletics facilities are really nice since they've gotten them done. We were there on their first day in pads."

Johnson got to chat with the coaches following practice.

"I talked to pretty much all of them and related pretty well with all of them," said Johnson. "I related with Coach (Tee) Martin the most, and also the offensive coordinator, Coach (Clay) Helton who recruits my area. He'll be out here for my spring practice."

Johnson thought he had an offer from USC a couple weeks ago, but said it was a miscommunication and that USC wants to check him out in the spring before extending an offer.

"They just want to see me perform in action," said Johnson. "They want to see me play in real life, run routes and see plays. My brother and I both are in the same boat."

Johnson said three other schools have been in consistent contact with him and could be the next to throw their hat in the ring.

"Clemson, Tennessee and UCLA, those are really the main schools that I've been talking to that haven't offered," said Johnson.

Johnson plans to get back down to Los Angeles to visit UCLA. They were hoping to see UCLA when down to visit USC, but spring break at UCLA had most of the players and coaches off campus.

"My dad and my brother and I are going to fly back down there and check out a spring practice and tour UCLA," said Johnson.

He also plans to see a couple other schools.

"We want to go visit Texas again and see a practice and then visit Tennessee and Clemson as well," said Johnson.

Johnson has been active on the 7v7 circuit, where he's playing with Bay Area Elite, who won the Passing Down NorCal Regional and qualified for the Best in the West in Fullerton later this month.

"I'm really enjoying 7v7 and seeing where we stack up," said Johnson.

Johnson is loving the attention as a receiver, since his brother snags most of the touches at Valley Christian.

"At Valley, we're known for our run game, so my brother gets a lot of carries, and we don't throw the ball a whole lot so playing 7v7 is letting me make plays and show my athleticism," said Johnson.

Aside from 7v7, Johnson will be at the Oakland NFTC next month.


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