UCLA Does Well with Louisiana DT

The #24-ranked defensive tackle in the nation, who has offers from coast to coast, Mickey Johnson from Louisiana, recently visited UCLA and raved about it. How are the Bruins doing on is leader board?

Mickey Johnson, the 6-foot-1, 310-pound three-star defensive tackle from The Saint Pauls School Senior Boys in Covington, La., received an offer from UCLA towards the end of May and visited the Bruins last Wednesday (June 9). "It was great there," Johnson said about UCLA. "I love the atmosphere. The players are great and we got along really well. I liked the coaches a lot too. Coach Rick Neuheisel and (defensive line) coach Todd Howard are great guys. They are good coaches and know how to have fun. Coach Neuheisel is laid back and someone you can talk to about anything."

He says the Bruins are recruiting him the hardest and he's planning on visiting UCLA officially on Dec. 4 for their rivalry game against USC.

Johnson says that distance will not be an issue and he was actually born in San Diego. "I lived there for about four years," he said. "But this was my first time back since I was a kid."

He says he doesn't plan on visiting anymore schools this summer, but will attend an LSU camp in July. The Tigers have offered him as well.

"I've been to LSU several times," he said about the Tigers. "The coaches there are great. It's like a big family. I've gotten to know a lot of them well and am close with some players too."

Johnson, ranked as the No. 24 defensive tackle in the country by Scout.com, now denies a single leader but said he favors UCLA and Nebraska. "I'm still open," he admitted. "But I'll definitely visit UCLA and Nebraska officially. Those two probably stand out the most right now."

He says that coach Bo Pelini is what stands out about the Cornhuskers. "I like coach Pelini a lot," he said. "I love what he did at LSU with Glen Dorsey and then last year with Ndamukong Suh. He's a great coach.

"I love everything about Nebraska really," he said. "It also has a huge stadium with lots of fans."

So what does Johnson think about the Huskers move to the Big Ten? "I haven't really looked into the conference move yet," he said. "I saw it on ESPN though and it seems like a good thing. They'll still be playing great teams."

He says he also has scholarship offers from Michigan, Florida State, Illinois, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Kansas State, Tulsa, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Mississippi State, Tulane, Louisville, Ole Miss and a few others (35 total).

Michigan may be another school that Johnson will visit. "I've heard coach Rich Rodriguez is a good coach," he said. "And I love the Big House. I love playing in front of huge crowds and love lots of noise. From what I've seen of the campus online it looks really nice too."

Johnson says he plans on taking his time with making a decision. "I want a good atmosphere and a place with good academic support," he said. "I'd like to have coaches that are like family and just be comfortable and feel at home."

He reports a 2.2 core GPA and took the ACT on June 12 for the first time.

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