Elite Tailback is Wide Open

Stafon Johnson, the 6-0, 200-pounder from Los Angeles Dorsey who Scout.com ranks as the #3 best running back prospect in the nation, named a few schools that are recruiting him the hardest...

Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey running back Stafon Johnson (6-0, 200) has offers from just about every major program in the country, but the No. 3 running back in the nation by Scout.com said not to expect any movement in his recruitment anytime soon.

"I'm still pretty wide open," said Johnson. "I'm open to a lot of schools. Everyone has a fair shot. I don't know where people are getting that I have a favorite because I've never named one school as my favorite." Still, the general feeling is that USC leads for Johnson's services, though several schools, including UCLA, are still in mix for him.

"I'm hearing the most from Cal, USC, Florida and UCLA, just to name a few. I'm considering all of the schools that are recruiting me. I'll worry about narrowing them down later," said Johnson.

Johnson said that once he narrowed down his schools to a top five, he would begin to set up trips to those select schools.

"Right now my focus is on Dorsey football. I can't be worried about recruiting, I have to focus on my team first," said Johnson. "So I won't be taking any trips until after the season."

Johnson said he would be taking all five trips before making a decision, saying it also could be Signing Day when he is ready to announce.

Recruiting Johnson for UCLA is running backs coach Eric Bieniemy.

When asked if he was worried if the school he chose could bring in another running back, Johnson scoffed at the thought of concern. "Wherever I go, I'll have to compete, whether it's with an older player of a younger player. I know everyone has their share of confidence, but I have to be more concerned with how I play, not someone else," said Johnson.

Earlier this fall, Johnson was selected to the Army All-American Game in San Antonio, joining teammate Mark Johnson. "I was real happy about that just to be put in that same category of elite players. I'm real proud and am looking forward to playing in the game," said Johnson. "It will be real cool to play against guys from other states since you hear their names a lot, but then to be with them in person."

On the year, Johnson has rushed for 1,217 yards and 13 touchdowns in seven games.

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