Johnson On His Commitment

Venice (Calif.) receiver Jerry Johnson (6-3, 187) was the first player to commit to UCLA on the offensive side of the ball and he talks about why he picked the Bruins and the impact of Eric Scott's hiring...

Venice (Calif.) receiver Jerry Johnson (6-3, 187), who was UCLA's second commitment and gave his verbal to UCLA on the eve of their big recruiting haul, is still glowing about committing to the Bruins.

"I'm really excited about it," said Johnson. "I had a desire to go there from the beginning. I honestly didn't think they would offer me so soon. I called Coach Dorrell and with my dad on the teleconference, they offered me. Right then and there, I committed with no hesitation."

Johnson ended up making it to UCLA on the following Saturday just as several of his future teammates had given their commitments to the Bruin coaching staff.

"I got their later that day with my dad and we were talking with Coach (DeWayne) Walker and E-Scott and they were saying all of these guys had committed," said Johnson. "It was crazy."

Johnson, who attended UCLA's Junior Day last month, also spoke with new offensive coordinator Jay Norvell when he visited. Yet one of the major reasons for Johnson's commitment was the hiring of Eric Scott.

"When they hired E-Scott, it made a huge impact," said Johnson. "He was the one who was telling me that I could play at UCLA and was one of the first one's who saw me."

Johnson also had offers from Oregon, Oregon State and Washington and Arizona State on the cusp, but in his mind, UCLA was always his first choice.

"It would have been between Arizona State and UCLA but I always wanted to stay close to home and be where my family and friends could see me play," said Johnson. "I'm solid to UCLA and very committed. They're aren't going to be any surprises."

More than anything, Johnson said it was a relief to make his decision and alleviate some stress from his family.

"It had been on my dad's shoulders to have to pay for my college tuition but now he's not going to have to," said Johnson.

Johnson plans to attend UCLA's Camp this summer as well as the B2G Elite Football Program and the Combine in Los Angeles. He already attended the U.S. Army All-American Combine in January.

During his junior season, Johnson had 24 receptions for 613 yards and scored four touchdowns for the Gondoliers.

Academically, he has a 3.3 GPA and will take the SAT in the spring.

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