A Verbal, with the door slightly ajar

Robert Johnson (6-2.5, 185) out of L.A. Southwest College has given a verbal commitment to Utah although he said he'll wait and see if any other schools surface between now and Signing Day in February.

Washington State was the other school Johnson was looking at closest, saying Salt Lake City won out over Pullman.

"Utah is a very good school and so is Washington State but Pullman is a smaller town and I'm from Los Angeles -- Salt Lake City is a bigger town and that's what I'm used to. It feels like a good fit," said Johnson. "Utah was talking about me playing as well as learning the system at the same time, Washington State was saying I need to learn the system and then play."

Johnson did not completely shut the door on other suitors, saying he would wait to see what happens over the coming month.

"I'm close to Utah as a commitment...I verbally committed like a week after my visit and I'm pretty much there," said Johnson. "It's not all the way done as far as committed but I'm pretty much there, it doesn't seem like any other school wants me although Baylor and Washington came to my school. With Washington, (Eric) Yarber came to see me but now I've heard that he's gone. Washington since then hasn't called me at all so I don't know what's going on with them."

Washington was the primary school recruiting Johnson out of high school before he landed at L.A. Southwest.

"Southwest is great," said Johnson. "To me, I just think that's one of the top JCs to go to in the South Central area."

Johnson will have three to play three at the next level, with plans to receive his AA in the spring. Also a track standout, Johnson in junior college leapt 6-foot-8 in the high jump, with personal bests of 47.62 seconds in the 400 meters, and a time of 21.85 in the 200-m.

"I'm like a wide receiver playing safety," said Johnson. "If the ball is in the air, I feel it's mine...As long as I'm on the field, I can make an impact on us winning."


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