Florida DB Wants to Return to Cali

Michael Johnson, the safety prospect from Weston (Flor.) Cypress Bay, is originally from California and said he'd love to return for college...

Living in Florida since 6th grade, Weston Cypress Bay linebacker/safety Michael Johnson has longed to return home to California. If he has his choice, he may end up doing that.

The former Victorville, Calif., resident visits California each year, and will be back in Los Angeles in June when he attends the UCLA 4-Day Camp.

"I grew up a Florida State fan, but UCLA was always my other school," said Johnson. "My uncle played there (former Bruin fullback Toa Saipale) and UCLA is always a great school."

Johnson plays linebacker for Cypress Bay but projects to a strong safety, at 5-10, 200.

He has been getting interest from several schools throughout the country, with his top three consisting of Iowa, Miami and UCLA. He said, "None of them have offered yet, but the coaches said they could be coming soon. But I'm hearing from them a lot."

Johnson was at the Miami Nike Camp and clocked a "bad" 4.6 forty, a fast 4.1 shuttle, repped 28 times on the bench (top 12, and phenomenal for a defensive back) and jumped 28 inches in the vertical. Johnson wasn't completely satisfied with his results, though, saying, "I did okay in the testing. But the competition in everything else was real good and I did well. I wanted to stand out."

During his junior year, Johnson had 74 tackles, 5 sacks, 5 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and a touchdown. He also averaged 32 yards a game as a fullback.

Johnson will come to the UCLA camp in June and attend a team camp at FAU, while also going to two other team camps in Florida.

And while he has grown to love Florida, the chance to play college football in California is an option he hopes he has. "I would love to go back to California. I miss it," he said. "If UCLA offered me, I'd have to talk with my family, but that would be a great opportunity for me."

Academically, Johnson has a 2.8 GPA and will take the SAT in May and in June, and the ACT later this spring.


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