It’s been a long process for Army All-American Jaylon Johnson, one of the top cornerback prospects in the nation, a process that he’s finally able to see come to a close.
After committing to the University of Utah on October 28th, Johnson felt he had found his new home. “I just felt comfortable when I committed, and I feel like it’s the right spot for me. I took some visits, but in the end it was Utah.”
The big reason for that comfort level was the relationship that cornerbacks coach Sharrieff Shah developed with Johnson and his entire family. “I have a really good relationship with Coach Shah, we relate in a lot of ways,” said Johnson. “Real, would be the best way to describe the relationship we share. We talk about football, girls, family, whatever really. And just how involved with my family he was and how genuine he was about it all.”
Despite being named an Army All-American and highly ranked from most recruiting services, Johnson has a chip on his shoulder. “I don’t feel like I had the recruiting experience or exposure or recognition that I really wanted,” Johnson said. “So now I’m all set to grind and get it in college. I’m really excited to be done with the recruiting process now, so I can work on training and preparing to start and be a Freshman All-American.”
Utah is getting a very good player in Johnson. At 6 foot 2 inches and 185 pounds, he has excellent size for the cornerback position. But Johnson has more than just size. He's an impressive athlete with speed, quickness and instincts that will help him be a perfect fit in Utah's defense. Johnson runs a 4.47 40-yard dash. He’s also been clocked at 4.00 20-yard shuttle - which shows a good change of direction - and a 40 inch vertical, all very impressive numbers.
Johnson's decision to sign with the Utes despite an onslaught of offers from other P5 programs is an important victory on the recruiting trail for Coach Whittingham’s Ute football program. Not only is Johnson the 8th best cornerback in the country, but he plays a position of dire need for the Ute defense. Ute fans should expect Johnson to come in and compete for immediate playing time as an outside corner. A starting spot is not out of the question. If he comes in prepared this summer, Johnson's Freshman All-American goal is something that's definitely within the realm of possibility.