Rahyme Johnson

UCLA LB Target Rahyme Johnson Enjoys Visit to Pac-12 School

Nov. 3 -- The one-time UCLA commit who is still strongly considering the Bruins, Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian linebacker Rahyme Johnson, took his official visit to another Pac-12 school last weekend...


Rahyme Johnson is one of the elite defenders in the West Coast class and has had a very nice senior season. He's taken a nice jump in his game and is stronger, more athletic, a better pass rusher, plays with a higher motor and is making a lot of plays this season, all over the field.

Johnson plays with a nice edge and chip on his shoulder and still has plenty of room to grow in to his frame, fill out and add more strength. He's not even close to reaching his full potential and has a lot of upside to him.

On the recruiting front, Johnson has already taken an official visit to Nebraska and was in Eugene this past weekend to check out the Oregon Ducks.

"I loved the visit, I had a great time," Johnson said. "My favorite part of the trip was getting to be there when Nick Pickett  committed to them. To be able to share that moment with my brother was pretty special. I've been to Oregon before but this trip was different because I got to spend more time with the players, see more of the city and learn more about the academics there.

"Going in to the visit, I didn't have an offer but was hopeful it would come. When they offered, I was really excited. I talked to Coach Helfrich, DP (Don Pellum) and Coach Hoke, I was with all three of them when they offered and it was a great feeling for sure."

Along with seeing Pickett commit on the visit, Johnson's close friend and teammate Deommodore Lenoir was also visiting.

"Those are my guys, those are my brothers right there," Johnson said. "Nick and Deommo being committed is something I'm definitely looking at, having that opportunity to play with those guys for another three to four years. It's very tempting for sure but I'm not ready to name any leaders and I'm still looking at all the schools on my list pretty equally.

"Oregon is a good fit though and I like how I would fit in there with the defense. They want to move me all over the field and do a little of everything with me. Troy Dye was my host and he's a baller. They have some good young defensive players and like I said, I like the coaches and the comfort level I have there. I'm going to take all five of my visits though before I commit anywhere."

Johnson's next visit will be to Florida (Nov. 12) when the Gators take on South Carolina and Texas A&M is set up for (Nov. 24), a Thursday night game when the Aggies host LSU. 

"I'm not sure where my last visit will be yet," Johnson added. "I'm still looking at UCLA but I could just use an unofficial visit there since it's close and I've been there before. I don't have a commitment date set or anything right now, I'm just going to take all my trips, then sit down, evaluate everything and make a decision at that time."

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