Los Angeles (Calif.) four-star athlete Greg Johnson surprised many when he committed to Arizona earlier this month.
The commitment came just as Johnson began to accumulate scholarship offers from around the country.
“I feel like Arizona has a good coaching staff that’s trying to build something there,” said Johnson. “I see the team rising in the future.
“The decision came with me talking with my family. I just feel like it is a good fit for me. As far as recruiting goes, I’ll still be taking my visits. I’m committed to Arizona though.
“I feel like I can focus on school now, and this will bring the best out of me. Other players around the country will see me as a commit and try to make a name off of me. It will increase the good competition.”
Johnson was recruited by Arizona by up-and-coming defensive backs coach Donte Williams. The Wildcats hired Williams away from San Jose State, and his previous relationships with Southern California has already paid dividends for Arizona on the recruiting trail.
“I’ve been talking to him before I had any offers,” said Johnson. “I feel like he’s a guy good, a good coach and a good person.
“Like I said, we had a good relationship when he was at San Jose State. He used to drop by my school, so we got to know each other. I think he’s just a good person.”
Committed to Arizona, Johnson’s eye on other schools remains open. He unofficially visited USC Tuesday for a spring practice and already has an official visit to another school penciled in.
“I might take an official visit to Florida,,” said Johnson. “I’m not sure about my other four visits. I still want to communicate with some coaches to see who I get the best feel for.
“Oregon, Nebraska, and Florida are still recruiting me pretty hard. And of course, USC and UCLA are there too. USC is really still trying to get after me. They send me a lot of mail mail and want me up there to visit as much as possible.”
Visiting USC Tuesday and having grown up just down the street fro campus, the Trojans remain a factor in his recruitment.
“I’m just chatting with them a little more and seeing them a little more,” said Johnson. “For me it’s about seeing the coaching staff and seeing how they get after their players. SC is in there though. I’m still open to them and talking to Coach (Ronnie) Bradford. I'm still open to recruiting, but I'm new to it all, so I have to consider what schools I want to visit.”