As one of the most highly recruited players in the country, Fresno (Calif.) Central cornerback Jaylon Johnson has a plan. The four star corner has started taking official visits in an attempt to narrow his list. His latest stop was in Salt Lake City over the weekend to see the Utes take on Arizona.
“The trip was a great experience. I didn’t quite expect to see and hear everything I went through. I had a very good time. I saw the facilities. I got to see how the coaching staff and team and how they deal with each other,” Johnson said. “I came down for Coach [Sharrieff] Shah and to see what he and the team thad to offer. I really liked it a lot.”
According to Johnson, the relationship with Utah cornerbacks coach Sharrieff Shah was a big factor in his decision to visit the Utes. “We relate in a lot of areas. He and my dad are from the same area. They experienced a lot of the same things so we can relate mentally. Physically, from a football standpoint, he teaches a lot of the same technique that I was taught since I was young. I relate to him on and off the field, and that is a big thing,” he explained.
Johnson was also impressed with Utah’s defensive scheme and how they Use their corners in the game plan. “I think I would fit in perfect with that scheme. They play a lot of man to man. They have a lot of blitzing and aggression. That’s definitely my strong point,” he said.
“It was better than I thought it would be. The stadium was rocking. Everything was loud. You can tell that Salt Lake City is a college football town. Everyone comes out to support the football team,” he said. “I’d rate [the visit] a 9.5 [out of 10].”
Johnson plans on taking all five of his official visits before making a decision. He’s already visited Nebraska and Utah and has trips to Arizona State and Oklahoma coming up in the next few weeks. Although he hasn’t decided a fifth school to get a visit, Johnson expects to make a decision shortly after the trips are done.
“I don’t have a timeframe, but I’ll commit when I feel the time is right. After my visits, I’ll probably make a silent commitment and announce my decision at the Army game or on signing day,” he said.