Recruit Update: Jerry Johnson

Jerry Johnson was the first player to commit to UCLA on the offensive side of the ball, and he talks about his commitment to the Bruins in the wake of Karl Dorrell's firing...

Venice (Calif.) receiver Jerry Johnson (6-3, 187) was the first player to commit to UCLA on the offensive side of the ball, doing so back in March.

Like many of the other committed prospects to the Bruins, Johnson received the news on Monday that head coach Karl Dorrell was fired.

"I was kind of surprised that they fired him because I understand all the injuries," said Johnson. "But I kind of had a feeling and had been hearing a lot that they could let him go."

Johnson, though, said when he committed to UCLA, he looked at the big picture.

"I committed to UCLA for the school, not the coach," said Johnson. "I'm still going to take my trip to Cal (next weekend), like I had planned to, but I'm also going to visit UCLA and that's where I plan to go."

Johnson said that Eric Scott and DeWayne Walker were the primary coaches recruiting him and he hopes to see them stay in Westwood.

"I hope that Coach Scott and Coach Walker are back because they've really meant a lot to me through my recruitment," said Johnson.


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