My-King Johnson got the validation he was looking for last weekend.
The three-star defensive end from Tempe, Ariz., took his first official visit to Oregon and, although the Ducks lost to Colorado in heartbreaking fashion, he said the trip to Eugene was everything he had hoped for and more.
"It was all really good," Johnson told Scout.com. "Everything was what I expected. It was all re-assuring and it just proved to me why Oregon is a good college option for me. They had talked to me before about how they would use me (in the defense) and I got a chance to see that."
The Ducks are firmly in the conversation to land Johnson's commitment down the road, but they'll have to weather visits to a couple other schools, one of which just joined the chase earlier this week. UCLA extended a scholarship offer on Monday night and Johnson said he's looking to set something up with the Bruins for later this season after he makes his stop by Texas A&M as early as next weekend.
"I'm going to visit Texas A&M and then hopefully UCLA," Johnson said. "A&M has been recruiting me frequently. They've been in contact with me quite a bit and were there really early on.
"With UCLA, they've told me they really need a rush end, which is my position. They've told me they really want me to get out there to see everything. I had not been in contact with them until about a week ago, so I'm still learning some things. It's all pretty new."
Johnson had already named a top five heading into his first official, but said UCLA "absolutely" factors into the process because it is "another big Pac-12 school" for him. Johnson was in Los Angeles this past summer to camp with USC and landed an offer from the Trojans, thanks to his performance.
"I actually spoke to USC on Wednesday and they want me to go on an official, but I don't know if I will go," Johnson said. "I already took an unofficial there and toured everything."
Johnson said during the summer that he would not hesitate to announce a commitment once he found the perfect fit, but that initial outlook has changed.
"I definitely want to take all my officials and look at all my options," Johnson said. "I need to see every program that is big for me right now and then I'll make that decision."
While one new school has entered the picture, another appears to have fallen out. Arizona had made the initial top five but Johnson admitted that contact has slowed considerably since the Wildcats landed another in-state defensive end, Jalen Harris. He said the lack of communication was "understandable" and had no hard feelings toward that staff.
Arizona State, meanwhile, continues to be a major contender for the hometown prospect and figures to draw an official visit down the road.
Through six games this year, the 6-foot-3, 225-pound Johnson has been credited with 58 total tackles, including 11 1/2 sacks.