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Marcus Johnson's bond with USC growing

The signings of 2017 prospects Greg Johnson and Joseph Lewis have had an impact on their 2018 teammate Marcus Johnson.

When 2018 Los Angeles (Calif.) Augustus Hawkins cornerback Marcus Johnson was ready to make his commitment to USC, he didn’t think he would be playing with his older brother Greg Johnson, a four-star athlete in the 2017 class. Greg had just de-committed from Arizona, but there hadn’t been a ton of talk with the Trojans.

“When I first committed, he was still enjoying his recruiting process,” Marcus said. 

When Marcus announced his decision, Greg was actually on an official visit to Notre Dame. Marcus called him to inform him of the decision.

“He didn’t believe me. He was like, ‘No you didn’t.’ I’m like, ‘Yea I’m serious, go look at Twitter.’”

After Marcus’ commitment to the Trojans and Greg’s de-commitment, the brothers began discussing the possibility of playing together at the next level.

“We just started talking about it and I just started telling him to get there and everything fell into place. That’s where they ended up,” Marcus said. “First when I committed, it was a real strong commitment, but now that my brother and Jody [Joseph Lewis] signed, I feel that it’s even stronger and the bond has even grown. 

“Watching them, it just made me more anxious to do what they did. I know since they did it, I can follow their footsteps and everything will fall into place for me.”

Marcus still has a long way to go in the recruiting process before he signs his National Letter of Intent next February and plans to go through the process, though he has no specific schools in mind that he wants to check out. There will be plenty of suitors for the 5-foot-10, 160-pound two-way corner/running back, who is ranked the No. 114 overall prospect in the 2018 class.

He will be going on some unofficial visits this spring and summer, but those will be group outings with his Hawkins and 7-on-7 Premier Sports teammates.

Even if he takes some visits, Marcus doesn’t think he will be swayed away from the commitment he has made. His pledge to become a Trojan has only become stronger since his December decision.

“Every time I talk to the coaches, more and more I feel at home, so right now I’m just loving it and I’m 100 percent committed.”

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