4-star UW verbal to visit WSU, he tells CF.C

THE FINAL HOME game of the season for the Cougs will have a little extra recruiting spice thrown into it. Rahshead Johnson, a 4-star prospect who verbally committed to the Huskies way back in June of 2012, will trip to Washington State this weekend, he tells Cougfan.com. "I can't wait," says the 5-11, 175-pounder.

Johnson out of Long Beach, Calif. said he talks with WSU outside receivers coach and area recruiter Dennis Simmons about once a week.

It is his relationship with Simmons, Johnson said, that convinced the Cabrillo High dynamo to come up and check WSU out even though he's been verbally committed to Washington for more than a year.

"I just want to see what it's like up there," said Johnson. "I want to see how the coaches react (during the game) and everything else," he said.

BUT WSU ISN'T necessarily looking at him as a receiver, where he's rated No. 23 in the nation and four stars by Scout.com.

The Cougs like him at cornerback.

"Washington State is recruiting me at DB (corner) and I think I'm pretty good at it -- I'm also kinda tall for a corner," said Johnson. He added that he didn't have any preference between playing wideout and corner at the next level.

Johnson said he hasn't had a chance to talk with Mike Leach but that he's looking forward to getting some face time with the WSU head man this weekend.

He also said he'll be coming up to the Palouse with a few friends and fellow cornerbacks – he's close with Darren Gardenhire and Naijiel Hale, the latter being a soft verbal to Arizona. Johnson says he also knows Denzel Fisher, a soft verbal to UCLA, a little bit, too.

JOHNSON SAID the UW is aware that he's visiting Washington State this weekend and has given him their blessing.

"It's fine, the receivers coach (UW offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau) had no problem me taking a visit," said Johnson, who said what he likes most about UW is that it felt like home during his official visit there back in August.

Johnson said he plans to take other official visits before Signing Day to Utah, Arizona and Nebraska but has not finalized any dates.

Johnson completed his senior season with 33 tackles (19 solo) with two interceptions and two pass breakups.

Offensively, he had 47 catches for 562 yards and 2 TDs. Beat writers covering Cabrillo reported last week that Johnson was finally 100 percent healthy for his final game, after first getting dinged up back in the first game of the season.

Senior highlights were not readily available but here's his junior season reel.

Rahshead Johnson profile

Generally, there are two criteria on Scout.com to move a verbal commit to a soft verbal. The first and most stringent is to wait until a prospect actually gets on the plane/sets foot on campus for an official visit to another school. The second, and by far the more widely used, is once a prospect has scheduled an official visit elsewhere and has a firm date with the other school(s). As Johnson has scheduled the trip to Washington State for this weekend, he's been moved to a soft verbal to UW in the Scout.com database.

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