Four-star TE Tyler Johnson Keeping Tabs on UCLA

July 25 -- One of the top tight ends in the West Region has remained quiet through the recruiting process, but has had contact with UCLA...

During a time when social media generates a good amount of recruiting chatter, it's uncommon to see prospects take a reserved approach to it all.

Yet that's exactly what four-star Tyler Johnson has done since he began to garner attention from college coaches.

The 6-foot-4, 240-pound prospect from Gilbert (Ariz.) Highland, the No. 5-rated tight end in the West Region for the 2017 class, has been very quiet, keeping thoughts on programs to himself as he combs through his options.

Johnson, in fact, told he doesn't plan on making noise any time soon.

"I plan on taking it to Signing Day," Johnson said. "If all goes according to plan, I will sign but I won't tell anybody until graduation when I speak in front of my graduation class. That's when I want to announce it."

Sign in February and release that choice a few months later? If anyone can accomplish that task, it's the sly Johnson, who holds 14 scholarship offers heading into his senior season.

Three schools have been recruiting Johnson more aggressively than the others -- Arizona StateFlorida and Michigan State -- but all suitors stand on equal ground in his recruitment, the pass-catcher said.

"Honestly, I don't know yet where I'm going to visit," Johnson said. "When it gets down to taking my visits, it's going to be based on a lot of things. I want to feel comfortable and see myself at that program. I hope to narrow things down a bit around the middle of August.

"Unofficial visits are pricey, so I'm going to have to wait until my officials. I don't know where yet because I haven't thought about it too much."

The Sun Devils are the local program and, with the coaching staff prioritizing in-state recruits, Johnson admitted there has been some dialogue between Arizona's top prospects. Johnson visited Tempe earlier this summer and had a good sit-down conversation with Graham in his office.

"The visit was pretty normal," Johnson said. "I've been there multiple times. I like it there for sure. But, I don't know, it's about whether a school fits me. It's not whether it's going to be the nearby school. I'm trying to keep all my options open."

The Spartans, meanwhile, have the family connection given that his father, Bill, played college ball in East Lansing. Johnson was scheduled to visit Michigan State earlier this summer, but those plans were postponed and it appears it might be an official visit destination.

"Conversations with (my father) are mostly about right now and my high school season, so he's not pushing me anywhere," Johnson said.

While Michigan State has talked to Johnson about lining up at defensive end at the next level, he said the likes of Alabama and Tennessee want him at tight end. Some programs are pitching him on being a bigger receiver out wide. UCLA and USC were two of his first offers and Johnson said he contacts both programs from time to time.

"UCLA and USC, they are the same right now," Johnson said. "The coaches have come and they say what they need to say."

Johnson was credited with 20 receptions for 462 yards and five touchdowns as a junior last season.

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