College of the Canyons (Calif.) offensive tackle Shawn Johnson (6-4, 300) was offered by UCLA a few days ago. Almost immediately, the Southern California native accepted it.
"Coach (Rick) Neuheisel called my coach and then I talked to him and he said they were offering me," said Johnson. "I accepted it and I committed to UCLA."
Johnson's offer from the Bruins' is contingent on him finishing up his A.A. degree, which Johnson said he's focused on finalizing.
"I'll be done with it in the spring and I'll be able to go in the summer," said Johnson. "I think I'll sign in February. But I've got to finish that up to go to UCLA. I know the value of the degree, though, so I'm working hard to make it happen."
Johnson had been offered by Florida International and Iowa State earlier in the year, and Idaho offered this week as well. But the offer from the Bruins, and from a school he grew up watching, was too good to pass up.
"I never thought I'd get a chance to go to a UCLA or USC," said Johnson. "I was surprised when they offered because I didn't think it was possible."
Johnson said the opportunity to play close to home is one he's thrilled about. "My family was really excited too because I won't be going too far," said Johnson. "I didn't have any offers coming out of high school, so I went to Canyons and it's all working out."
Johnson hasn't taken an official visit anywhere, though he plans to take one to UCLA and is hoping to go to the USC game. "Coach Neuheisel was pretty happy I committed and I talked with the offensive line coach (Bob Palcic) and he's pretty cool. I'm hoping to go over there to the school to check it out some more," said Johnson.
Johnson graduated from Thousand Oaks High School in 2006 and greyshirted for College of the Canyons in his first year. Because he's only played two seasons, and didn't go to school full time in 2006, he'll have three years to play his final two seasons.