Four-star defensive end D.J. Johnson is Blowing Up Nationally

Mar. 15 -- Sacramento (Calif.) Burbank defensive end D.J. Johnson has blown up nationally, with over 30 offers in, but he'll never forget his first offer, which was from UCLA...

Sacramento (Calif.) Burbank defensive end D.J. Johnson (6-5, 240) has become one of the most heavily pursued recruits in the West, with over 30 offers to his name.

The two participants in the SEC Championship Game, Alabama and Florida recently offered the four-star and most of the Pac-12 has offered plus a number of schools in between.

"Since the beginning, I thought it was just going to only be West Coast schools but then there was like a week-long frenzy of all these SEC schools offering," said Johnson. "TennesseeGeorgiaLSUMississippi and Texas A&M all offered.  It was crazy."

The Alabama offer was a big one for Johnson.

"That was definitely a big one for me," said Johnson.  "I've watched them a lot and watched them in the national championship game.  To see they put guys in the NFL like that and then they'll be losing guys, they have a need.  Coach (Tosh) Lupoi was who offered me."

Johnson got his first offer last June when he camped at UCLA.

"UCLA was my first offer so I'll always keep them in consideration because they were the first to offer me," said Johnson.

A few days later, Washington State offered, the Cougs having signed two players from Burbank in the 2014 class.

More and more schools started offering to the point that now Johnson can keep track of the number, but can't quite rattle off every name from the top of his head.

"It was always in the back of my head that I knew I would get recruited heavily, I just wasn’t sure when," said Johnson.

Johnson plans to visit a number of schools, both out West and nationally.

"I'm definitely trying to go to a couple schools in the spring and summer, like Utah, USC, UCLA, Oregon and California and then in summer I'll see some of the schools further away, like Ole Miss, MichiganOklahoma and Tennessee.

Johnson said he's not going to be narrowing his list or making a choice anytime soon.

"I'm planning to announce after my senior season, after all five official visits are done," said Johnson.

And Johnson said he has the blessing of his family if he were to leave the West.

"My family has no problem with me leaving if that's where I'm most comfortable," said Johnson

Johnson said most schools are recruiting him to play defensive end, with some mentioning outside linebacker, with the opportunity to drop into coverage.

"Schools like me as a standup defensive end, but there are some that want to drop me into coverage as an outside linebacker," said Johnson.  "I'm good with whatever gets me on the field."

Johnson will be at The Opening Oakland regional in May.

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