Johnson Talks About Neuheisel

The 6-3 wide receiver from Venice, Calif., who is verbally committed to UCLA, Jerry Johnson, talked about meeting new UCLA Head Coach Rick Neuheisel, and what that did in terms of his view of UCLA and his commitment...

Venice (Calif.) receiver Jerry Johnson (6-3, 187) has dropped one school from his visit list and will add another one, but the commit to UCLA said he's remaining solid to the Bruins.

"I was up there when Coach (Rick) Neuheisel met the recruits for the first time," said Johnson. "I had a good time and I loved him. I think he's going to put UCLA back on the map."

Johnson was scheduled to take a visit to Cal last weekend, but decided against it. He will visit Oregon this weekend and he'll also visit Nebraska.

"I will take the trip to Nebraska because they just started recruiting me. Beau Davis plays quarterback there and he went to Venice and told them about me. I was going to visit Cal, but I wasn't interested in them anymore. I still want to take the trips, though, and just make sure about UCLA. But after meeting Coach Neuheisel, I'm more sure about going to UCLA than I've ever been."

Johnson was the first offensive recruit to commit to UCLA and he chose the Bruins just days after Eric Scott was hired as receivers coach. Though Scott's status is still unknown, Johnson said he understands the situation. "I know this is a business, but it's not going to change my decision. E-Scott was the first coach who really saw something in me and he recruited me. I hope he's back at UCLA, but what happens won't affect my decision," said Johnson.

Johnson said that listening to Neuheisel showed him some similarities the two had. "Listening to him talk made me real sure about him," said Johnson. "Especially since he was #10 like me and he wanted to be a lawyer, like me. He's full of energy."

Johnson also was glad to hear defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker would be staying in Westwood. "I'm very excited because I was thinking he was going to go to Washington. So him staying, that's a good thing," said Johnson.

Johnson said that UCLA's committed quarterback, Nick Crissman, had a big influence on him in the past weeks. "I talked to Nick and he said I need to stick with him, that we need to work on the chemistry as a quarterback and a receiver. He was calling me and the other guys a lot, making sure," said Johnson.

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