Visit Recap: Jerry Johnson

The wide receiver prospect from Venice who is verbally committed to UCLA, Jerry Johnson, talked about his official visit to Westwood last weekend, the importance of one assistant coach at UCLA, other official visits, and more...

Venice (Calif.) receiver Jerry Johnson (6-3, 187) was one of UCLA's committed prospects who took his official visit this last weekend, and Johnson said the trip was beyond his expectations.

"Man, it was a really good trip up there," said Johnson. "I had been there a lot of times before, but this time let me see a lot of new things. I got to spend a lot of time with the other receiver (commits) like Antwon Moutra, Kevan Walker and Nelson Rosario, and Coach (Eric) Scott kept telling us what kind of impact we could make there."

Johnson was hosted by freshman receiver Dominique Johnson, whose catch in the USC game was what Jerry Johnson remembered him for. "My host was Dominique Johnson, the guy who made the one-handed catch in the SC game. He didn't even talk about it and he was real cool about it, but we were all telling him what kind of catch it was. We're not related but people were calling us Johnson & Johnson. That was pretty cool," said Johnson.

Johnson was taking his first official visit, but he said he'll be taking at least two more official visits. "I'm going to Oregon on January 11th and then to Cal on January 18th," said Johnson. "I'm still solidly committed to UCLA, but I want to take these trips and just get a chance to compare them to UCLA and make sure I keep all of my options open."

Johnson said that much of his decision would be based on the status of Eric Scott and to a lesser extent, DeWayne Walker. "Coach Scott was the first coach who saw something in me and he was the one who recruited me," said Johnson. "He offered me right after he started, and he was a big reason why I committed to UCLA. He's who I want to play for."

But Johnson said that even if Walker and Scott are retained, he plans to take the visits to Cal and Oregon.

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