UCLA on Michigan Corner

Ronald Johnson, the 6-0, 185-pound, elite cornerback prospect from Muskegon (Mich.) High, has had schools from all over the country come to see him this spring, and has received scholarship offers from most of the big-named schools in the country. Do the Bruins have a shot with Johnson?

UCLA has been venturing into the state of Michigan with their football recruiting this year, and have offered a scholarship to elite Muskegon (Mich.) cornerback/safety Ronald Johnson (6-0, 185).

And despite a heavy presence of Midwest powerhouses on Johnson's list, UCLA, as well as USC, are in the top seven for Johnson.

"I'm still really wide open at this point. I have a lot of offers, but basically, these teams stand out: Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State, Tennessee, USC, Notre Dame and UCLA," said Johnson.

UCLA was one of the recent schools to have offered Johnson, though at this point, it's only a verbal offer, and Johnson is hoping to come to Los Angeles so he can visit both UCLA and USC.

"Sometime this summer I'd like to get out there and see UCLA and USC," said Johnson. "There is a little pressure to stay here (in Michigan), so I'm still looking to decide whether to leave or to stay. It's a tough decision."

Johnson has already taken unofficial trips to Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue and Ohio State. Wisconsin and Iowa are also staying afloat in the Johnson sweepstakes, which is heavy on Big Ten schools.

A two-way standout, Johnson can play receiver as well as defensive back. In fact, whether he plays cornerback or safety is another question. "It doesn't really matter where I play. I like to hit, but I like to play corner," said Johnson.

It has been a while, though, since Johnson has played in a game. He tore his ACL last year and missed the entire 2005 season. His last action was during his sophomore campaign, when he had 10 interceptions. "Me personally, I think the knee is 100%, but my doctor said its about 90%," said Johnson.

This spring, he said he clocked a 4.3 on the forty and a 3.8 in the shuttle. "I'm recovered, and I am showing it in my speed," said Johnson.

Johnson said he was planning to do some team camps this summer, though at this time, he didn't know exactly which ones. He's also going to wait out the process before announcing his commitment to a school. "I'm taking as much time as I need. There is no rush," said Johnson. "When I find the right school, I'll decide."

Johnson said he was in fine shape academically.


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