"I called Coach (Karl) Dorrell and got Jerry on a conference call since he was at school and he made the offer and Jerry accepted it," said his father J.C. Johnson "He's very excited about it."
Johnson had an offer from Washington, Oregon and Oregon State and was told that Arizona State would be offering soon, but once the offer from the Bruins came, he was a done deal.
"It would have been a matter of when, not if, for him," said Johnson. "His affinity for the school coupled with the coaches was the difference."
Johnson had attended UCLA's Junior Day earlier this year and enjoyed the time with the coaches, but UCLA's hiring of new receivers coach Eric Scott also made a big impact.
"Coach E-Scott had been watching Jerry and had said he really liked him," said Johnson. "When he'd come to games, E-Scott would say 'I'm watching you, I'm watching you,' so when he got the job, Jerry was happy."
UCLA had long been Johnson's leader; when we spoke to him at the U.S. Army Combine he said an offer from UCLA would likely net a commitment.
An all-City Section receiver for the Gondoliers, Johnson was one of the standouts at receiver at the U.S. Army Combine in San Antonio.
Academically, Johnson has a 3.3 GPA and is taking the SAT in the spring.