San Diego Athlete Interested in the Trojans
James Johnson is a wide receiver from Valley Center High School (Escondido, CA). He stands 6'1", 180 lbs, and has a 4.55/40.
Johnson had an unofficial visit at USC yesterday, along with his mother, sister and brother (Greg Taylor). Johnson lives with Taylor and the elder brother is assisting Johnson with his recruiting process.
USC invited Johnson for the unofficial visit and also extended invitations to the Spring scrimmage and USC's Rising Seniors Camp this coming summer. Johnson also attended a camp at USC last summer.
Johnson has been under the radar for most schools because he has played football for only two years. Although he is known as a wide receiver, Johnson plays both ways and USC is interested in recruiting him as a safety.
In just his second year in organized football (as a junior), Johnson recorded 69 receptions for 1,458 yards and 19 touchdowns and had a 99-yard kickoff return. Johnson went over 100 yards and scored a touchdown in nine games. His best game was a six-catch, 187-yard and four touchdown performance in the CIF quarterfinals. "He did that in one quarter of play," said brother Taylor. He also helped Valley Center to the CIF-San Diego Section title in 2007.
As a sophomore, his first year playing football, Johnson recorded seven interceptions, five defensive touchdowns and six offensive touchdowns.
Taylor said both he and his mother are USC fans and would like Johnson to attend USC. Johnson holds some interest for Miami as well as USC.
Johnson holds offers from San Diego State, Utah and Colorado State. He is expecting an offer from Miami and possibly Oregon and USC. Johnson will attend Oregon's Nike Camp, Ohio State's Camp and USC's Rising Stars Camp this summer.