"I called up Coach Scott White and he wanted me to commit," Johnson said. "After I talked about it with my coaches, my mom, and prayed on it, I decided it was the right move for me and I decided to commit."
Johnson was offered after the UCLA camps in June, and told us that the Bruins were his clear favorite at that point. It seemed only a matter of time before he committed, and on Friday, he made it official.
"I was actually a Boise State fan when I was really young," Johnson said. "I really liked the blue turf. But since then, I've been a UCLA fan. I've definitely always been more of a UCLA guy than a USC guy."
Johnson is a long, good-looking athlete with the ability to play both WR/TE on offense or outside linebacker on defense. He probably projects best on the defensive side of the ball at this point, and still has some filling out to do, but there is a tremendous amount of upside here.
"They want me as an outside linebacker," Johnson said. "Coach Scott said he sees me filling that Myles Jack role, which is exciting to hear, but those are big shoes to fill."
Johnson committed to UCLA over offers from Utah, Washington, and Washington State, and it's a pretty sure bet that he'll continue to reel in offers over the coming months, with USC also showing some interest. He says that he's pretty solid though.
"I'm always interested in hearing from other school," Johnson said. "It's great to know when schools want you. But I'm pretty locked in to UCLA."
The four-star athlete is UCLA's first commitment in the 2017 class, but he's working on getting a specific teammate on board.
"I was actually just texting Deommodore Lenoir," Johnson said. "He's on a visit to Ohio State right now, but I told him he needs to come with me to Westwood. I'm trying to get all my guys there."