Johnson visits USC camp

The largest surprise of this year's Rising Stars Camp had to be the unexpected arrival of the nation's top rated cornerback prospect in Patrick Johnson out of Pompano Beach (Fl.) Ely HS. Johnson's showing was a surprise to everyone in attendance, and the five-star defensive back definitely did not disappoint.

Johnson, who is actually committed to play for the University of Miami, was all over the field Friday, showing why he is so highly regarded. Surprisingly enough, it was not Patrick that decided to visit the Southern California campus, it was his father that encouraged the Ely HS stand out to attend.

"It was actually my father's decision," said Johnson when asked how he arrived at the camp. "He wanted me to come out here and check USC out, and I had a wonderful experience. I got to go up against some new guys and some new competition, which was cool. I love it out here."

It may not have been Johnson's decision to attend the Rising Stars Camp, but it is safe to say that his time spent in Los Angeles was worth the long trip. Johnson, who will now have time to reflect upon his most recent unofficial visit, had some interesting things to say regarding his trip to the west coast.

"Oh yeah!" Johnson said emphatically when asked whether the trip exceeded his own lofty expectations. "Oh my God yeah! This was better then anything I could've expected, it was through the roof."

Johnson, who left USC with a scholarship offer in hand Friday, admitted that the interest in USC has been there all along. Johnson's interest in the Trojans leading up to the camp may have been lukewarm, but following an impressive performance Friday, that has changed rapidly.

"I've always considered USC," Johnson said. "I love their style of football and how they get after the quarterback. They just make plays all over the field, and that is my style of football. This camp definitely put my interest up a lot."

The recent trip to Los Angeles has given the five-star standout plenty to think about, including his current commitment to the Hurricanes of Miami.

"The decision to come out to USC really opened my eyes," he explained. "I'm going to have to reconsider things with my commitment to Miami. Right now its USC and Miami, no one else. I'll have to think real hard about it and I'll make my decision sometime in the middle of November."

Johnson, who lacks nothing in the confidence department, shined during the one-on-one portion of the camp Friday, locking down any receiver who was blessed with the misfortune of running routes against him.

"I just went out there and did what I do best," said Johnson. "It doesn't matter who you are, I'm going to lock you down, that's just the type of player I am."

Getting Johnson back to Los Angeles for an official visit in the fall will be huge, and according to Patrick, there is no question that a return visit is in the works.

"Definitely," he responded when asked about a return trip. "I'm definitely going to get back out here for an official visit. Like I said this trip really opened my eyes up a lot."

Johnson left USC Friday with a scholarship offer in hand, adding to his already impressive list of scholarships from schools all around the country. But instead of getting caught up in the moment, Johnson has chosen to approach the offer as he did the rest, professionally.

"It wasn't anything new," said Johnson about his USC offer. "I have over 25 offers now, so it really wasn't anything special. Obviously it is an honor to get an offer from a school like USC, but I can't get caught up in that."

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