UCLA Holds No. 1 Spot for 2018 Five-Star Cornerback Tyreke Johnson

Nov. 30 -- Given that he's already a five-star prospect, there's no doubting the skill level of 2018 defensive back Tyreke Johnson, who thinks right now he could lock down a starting spot at the school that holds the early advantage in his recruitment...

Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian continues to roll and click on all cylinders after capturing their 21st consecutive victory on Friday evening, rolling over Tampa (Fla.) Catholic in the class 3A state semifinal by the score of 47-14.

The Conquerors, who simply overwhelmed Catholic with explosive plays and brute strength in the trenches, have a sophomore on their roster that's certainly earned the label as special when it comes to his play in the defensive secondary.

Tyreke Johnson, a five-star prospect with elite measurables that's played varsity football and held Division I offers since middle school, is more than pleased with the turnout and game plan that was put to execution against a Catholic team that also has its fair share of college prospects.

"We had a lot on our minds going into this week with Nate Craig and some of the other highly-recruited guys they have," Johnson said. "They're a big-play team and not a progressive team, so we figured if we could stop as many big plays as possible, we'd have a chance to blow the doors off."

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Johnson certainly had his plate full all night with the assignment of guarding the nation's No. 1 wide receiver prospect in Nate Craig, who creates plenty of mismatches of his own at a prototypical 6-foot-3, 215 pounds. 

Johnson and Craig, who are tabbed as five-star prospects on Scout, both relish the opportunity of stepping up to the plate and proving their worth against the best of the best.

"I feel like I had a great performance tonight," Johnson said. "I was a team player and didn't have much stats, but I did my assignment all night long and contributed to the team."

Johnson, who has no shortage of opportunities at the collegiate level with offers from Florida, Miami, Georgia, LSU, Auburn, Clemson, UCLA and Ohio State among many others, continues to praise Jim Mora's program nearly 2,500 miles across the map in balmy Los Angeles.

This elite sophomore has to continue to keep his foot on the accelerator and elevate his game over the next couple of years, but this is one of the more self-assured sophomores you'll find on the high school recruiting scene.

"UCLA is still on top," Johnson said. "I just like the California environment, and they're a program on the rise. I feel like I could go out there and start right now."

Being over two years away from high school graduation, additional Power Five programs have more than enough time to jump into the mix and make an attractive recruiting pitch to Johnson.

"Stanford, Notre Dame and LSU," Johnson said when asked about additional schools that are heavily in the mix.

Johnson is currently in attendance for the matchup between Florida State and Florida.

Stay tuned to Scout as we continue to track Johnson's recruitment. 

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