The three-star prospect from Modesto (Calif.) Thomas Downey landed an offer from the Bruins in late January and had been itching to take a trip down ever since then. And once he was able to see things up close and meet with UCLA assistant coach Scott White, he knew where he wanted to sign.
"It just felt like home. I felt very comfortable and the coaches were very friendly and welcoming," Johnson told Scout.com. "I just felt like that would be the best opportunity for me to advance my game at. They just opened the doors for me and showed me around. It just felt like home.
"I have been talking the most with Scott White, the linebackers coach. He likes me at outside linebacker and I like that. They haven't completely gone into how I fit in, but he likes how I can rush off the edge."
The 6-foot-3, 195-pound athlete is rated as a wide receiver by Scout, grabbing 33 receptions for 435 yards and nine touchdowns in six games last season, but he also shined on the defensive side of the ball. The Bruins are looking to bring in a handful prospects at the linebacker spot in the 2018 class after signing only one, Rahyme Johnson, last month.
Johnson became the second member of UCLA's recruiting class, following San Bernardino (Calif.) Cajon three-star safety Jhevon Hill who committed earlier in the week.
"I don't have any other visit plans right now," Johnson said. "I really like where I'm at."
Johnson said he would compete at the Nike The Opening Regional camp in Oakland later this spring.