Johnson picks up Trojan offer

2014 Corona (Calif.) Centennial defensive end Jaylen Johnson picked up an offer to USC at Rising Stars after showing coaches his versatility and ability to play another position at the next level...

2014 Corona (Calif.) Centennial defensive end Jaylen Johnson picked up offer No. 19 Wednesday, this time from USC.

Johnson has already narrowed his list to a top five, including Boise State, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oregon, and Vanderbilt, but told FOX Sports NEXT after Rising Stars that he'll have to amend that to make a top six, including USC.

"The day went really well," Johnson said. "I'm really excited about the offer."

Johnson said it was an early morning for him, but that it was easy to "get into it" at Rising Stars because of defensive line coach Ed Orgeron's energy. "He really got players excited," Johnson said. "It was great."

6-foot-3 235-pounds, Johnson plays defensive end at Centennial. He says was USC was holding off on offering because they wanted to see him in a two-point stance at outside linebacker. Clearly, USC coaches liked what they saw with the move.

Johnson spoke with offensive line assistant and Centennial recruiter James Cregg while at Rising Stars, as well as Orgeron and head coach Lane Kiffin.

"Kiffin told me he was glad I made it to campus," Johnson said.

Johnson says USC is an attractive offer to him, given the Trojans are close to his hometown of Corona, his parents can make the drive to watch him play, and USC's high academic standards. "Their resources are amazing," he said, adding that he wants major in business and marketing, as well as go on to get his masters.

Johnson wants to wrap up his recruiting process early, "I don't want it to drag out," he said. "I want to commit before or maybe midway through my season. But I want to get it over with."

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