Johnson Will Camp With UCLA

Apr. 13 -- The Los Angeles (Calif.) Hawkins 2017 receiver, Taariq Johnson, plans to camp with the Bruins this summer...

Los Angeles (Calif.) Hawkins 2017 receiver Taariq Johnson (6-3.5, 210) visited UCLA last week for a spring practice and enjoyed his time in Westwood.

“It was good, I liked it and got to talk with the coaches,” said Johnson. “It was my first time seeing them practice. I talked to Coach Yarbs (Eric Yarber). We talk on and off. I had been there last year for a passing tournament.”

The Bruin coaches want Johnson to come back in summer for their camp.

“Coach Yarbs wants to see me at their camp and Coach Meat (Demetrice Martin) wants to see me at the passing tournament again,” said Johnson.

Where he projects remains to be seen. Johnson said that schools are recruiting him as a receiver, but he knows his body could keep getting bigger.

“That’s the funny thing, we don’t know how my body is going to develop,” said Johnson. “UCLA had seen me play outside linebacker but they also like me as a receiver. My heart is at receiver but I’m willing to play all positions. If it comes down to it, I’ll play tight end and be a mismatch because I’m faster than a linebacker. Coach Meat had seen me play outside linebacker and he wants to see me there and Coach Yarbs wants to see me as a receiver.”

Johnson made the move in the offseason from the legendary Long Beach Poly program to the fledgling Hawkins program.

Poly has had their share of prospects over the years, but in a couple of short years, Hawkins has developed some prospects themselves, with three teammates already in double-digits for offers.

Johnson joined the group of the offered when Baylor offered him last month when he took an unofficial visit. Ohio has also offered Johnson and more schools could be getting involved.

Coming from Poly, Johnson worked against the nation’s No. 1 cornerback in the 2015 class, Iman Marshall, who’s headed to USC, and against four-star cornerback Colin Samuel, who’s going to UCLA.

“It prepared me well going up against them,” said Johnson. “It was a blessing going against those guys because they made me better.”

Johnson will play on the 7v7 circuit the rest of summer and plans to camp at UCLA and USC.

Academically, Johnson has a 3.3 GPA and will take the SAT next year as a junior.

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