Top Ten Linebacker Has Five to Visit

Los Angeles Dorsey's Mark Johnson, the 6-3, 227-pound linebacker, has five schools he intends to visit officially, but a certain circumstance could change when he makes an announcement..

Elite linebacker Mark Johnson (6-3, 227) of Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey said he's realistically down to the five schools he intends to visit officially.

Those are UCLA, California, Fresno State, Ohio State and LSU, and Johnson said there is no leader at this time, that all remain even.

Johnson is still slightly considering Florida and Arizona State, but they are on the outside looking in.

Johnson has a plan to visit all five of his favorites, but that schedule could change because of an injury. Johnson suffered a dislocated thumb against Carson in the Dons' first round playoff win over Carson. Even worse for Johnson is that it happened on the first play of the game.

"I'm real frustrated because I can't be out there to help my team. They put a cast on it and said I'm done for 4-6 weeks," said Johnson.

A selection to the West squad for the Army All-American Game, Johnson said that his chances of playing in that game could now be affected. "I want to play in that game because it's such an honor, but now I'm not sure I'll be able to because of my thumb. If I don't get to play and go down there, I may take a trip that weekend," said Johnson.

He's already taken one trip, to LSU back in October, and has two more arranged in December -- Cal on December 10th, and then Fresno State the following weekend.

Johnson talked about the other schools he intends to visit. "I'm going to visit UCLA, but we're working on the date," said Johnson. "Ohio State is the other school I'll probably visit, but I haven't talked with them about the date yet."

When it comes to announcing, Johnson said, "I do want to take all five of my trips. I may announce at the Army Game if I go and I've taken all the trips, but if not, it may be after that anyway."

This weekend, Johnson's teammates will take on Crenshaw in one City Section semifinals (Taft and Sylmar are the other) and he will be there helping to coach the linebackers.

Before his injury, Johnson had 110 tackles and 8.5 sacks.

Editor's Note: While Johnson said he has been cleared academically, UCLA being able to offer him depends on improved academics.

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