Committed Receiver Takes His Visit

Moreno Valley (Calif.) Valley View receiver Dominique Johnson committed to UCLA so long ago -- back in March -- that he's been a little forgotten. He told us about how he recruited other players this weekend on his official visit...

Moreno Valley (Calif.) Valley View receiver Dominique Johnson (6-4, 205) committed so long ago to UCLAthat it was easy for him to be lost in the shuffle of the current Bruin commitments.

Johnson was the third player to UCLA in the Class of 2006, back in March, and he was able to take his official visit this past weekend.

"It was great," said Johnson. "The official trip was just icing on the cake for my decision to go there. It made me even more excited to be going there."

Johnson said that he had gotten some interest from other schools over the course of his recruitment, but his firm commitment to the Bruins rebuffed that interest. "They knew I was committed but then when they realized I was 110% committed, they backed off," said Johnson. "I know that UCLA is the right school for me."

Chris Horton was Johnson's host on the trip and he also spent some time with the other committed players, as well as the two recruits from Florida. "There were some other guys I know that have committed, but I was working on the guys from Florida and telling them to come out here. They both really liked it and I think they could come here," said Johnson.

Johnson said he spent time with receivers such as Joe Cowan and Brandon Breazell, but the highlight was meeting with likely 2006 starting quarterback Ben Olson. "He was answering all of our questions and being real cool with us," said Johnson. "I'm very excited to play with him because he's going to be a real good one."

He also spent time meeting with the coaching staff, specifically receivers coach Dino Babers and head coach Karl Dorrell. "Coach Dorrell is a really great guy and he's real fun to be around," said Johnson. "I'm excited to be able to play for him."

Johnson gave him an assessment of his chances at early playing time. He said. "I have a chance to come in and play right away. It depends on how hard I work and if I go and get bigger. I'm at 205 right now, but I want to be 210-215 when I come in the summer. As soon as basketball season ends, it's to the weight room and to the field to get stronger and faster," said Johnson.

During his senior year, Johnson had 37 catches for 800 yards and 11 touchdowns while also rushing for 3 touchdowns. On the hardcourt, he's averaging 22 points a game for Valley View.

Academically, Johnson is fully qualified.


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