2009 Prospect Jordan Johnson

Jordan Johnson, the 6-6, 308-pound offensive tackle prospect from Corona (Calif.) Santiago, came to UCLA's Junior Day Saturday, and he talked to us about his impressions, where he is in his recruiting, his connections to UCLA, and more...

Corona (Calif.) Santiago offensive lineman Jordan Johnson (6-6, 308) was one of the numerous recruits who was at UCLA's Junior Day over the weekend, and while he's still waiting for an offer from the Bruin staff, Johnson left pretty happy with the experience.

"It was awesome there," said Johnson. "I had a great time, even though I had been there so many times before that. The dorms and the rec center were really nice. I had never gone up on the hill before so that was nice. There was a lot of stuff going on while we were there and a lot of student activities and that was cool to see."

More importantly, Johnson got a better feel from the UCLA coaching staff on when a scholarship offer could come.

"I don't have an offer yet, but I am going to their 1-Day Camp on June 7th and that will be where I have to prove myself, so I am looking forward to that," said Johnson. "Coach (Wayne) Moses (who's recruiting Johnson), he's a great coach. And Coach (Bob) Palcic, I really like him. He's just like my offensive line coach here at home."

The Bruins are the prohibitive favorite for Johnson; he's been a fan of the program for a while and that was only enhanced when his Sharks' teammate Anthony Dye signed with the Bruins last year.

Johnson said: "Definitely UCLA is my top school. If they offered me, I don't know if I'd accept it right then, I'd want to keep a look at my options, but they'd definitely be the favorite. With Anthony there, me, Marlion (Barnett) and Sean (Martin), we've talked about playing together in college for a while and we're all leaning towards UCLA."

Johnson has plans to take some unofficial visits to the other schools as well.

"Washington, Oregon and Michigan are some other schools I like. In fact, Michigan was just recently added to the list," said Johnson. "I want to get up to Oregon sometime this year before the summer starts. And I want to get to Washington possibly, too."

With good size, Johnson said that the attention is coming exclusively as a tackle. "As far as I know, it's only as an offensive tackle that I'm being recruited as," said Johnson. "By my college freshman year, I want to be at 300 pounds, and by this season, I want to be at 290. I don't think I'm done growing either. My family says every time they see my I'm getting taller."

Johnson said he'd like to make his college decision before the end of summer, if it all works out.

"I want to be committed before my senior season starts, so whoever has offered me before the season is in good shape," said Johnson. "But if I don't have my ideal offer by then, I'll wait."

Johnson said he's hoping to stay close to home for his college career. "Location is a huge thing for me because all of my family is in California," said Johnson.

A big part of the Sharks' offense last year, Johnson helped Santiago to the CIF-SS Inland Division championship game.

This spring, Johnson will attend the UnderArmour/Scout.com Combine in Los Angeles and the Nike Camp at Stanford.

Johnson said his core GPA was a 2.56 and that he would be taking the SAT for the first time in May.


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