One of the can't-miss, nationally-regarded prospects who highlighted the visitor lists at both UCLA and USC this past weekend was rising junior defensive back, Tyreke Johnson, a five-star prospect out of the Sunshine State who has never been shy when it comes to expressing his strong liking for the city of Los Angeles.
Johnson, a star recruit at Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian who has had near double-digit offers since middle school, has labeled Jim Mora's program as one of his top suitors for going on a year now. From relishing his time throughout the city to having coveted face time with the coaching staff, Johnson's brief time with the Bruins was certainly worth the travel.
"L.A. was L.A., you know?" Johnson said. "The practices were good, and it just felt like home at UCLA. The coaches treated me nicely, the players welcomed me, and all of the top commits accepted me. It's just some place I could see myself having a future.
"L.A. just has a certain type of vibe, and I rock with the vibe they have out there. It feels like there's not many haters, so everybody is working out on their own."
Contact with collegiate coaches is currently limited for underclassmen all throughout the nation, but Johnson has done a great job of putting forth the effort and being proactive with the recruiting process.
"Coach (Demetrice) Martin, the DBs coach," Johnson said. "I've built a relationship with him. He's not allowed to contact me or anything, but I try to call him every chance I get and we just chop it up.
"If I have a question, he'll answer my questions. He's not always being a coach when I call him, because sometimes he's being a mentor or just helping me with things. He's just an overall good person."
Clay Helton and the Trojans have been fairly out of the picture when it comes to the top contenders in Johnson's recruitment, but as you know in recruiting, nothing is truly official until the prospect puts the pen to the paper on National Signing Day.
"I loved USC as well. They also moved into my top schools," Johnson said. "I've known JuJu Smith and Iman Marshall for quite a while, so I went out there and they showed me some love. I like the tradition of USC.
"USC is always USC, and everybody is going to come train out there. USC is Hollywood but not in Hollywood, you know? USC is for big-time people."
Stay tuned to Scout as we continue to monitor Johnson's recruitment.