WSU target, UW soft verbal has thinking to do

HEADING INTO HIS official visit, four-star Washington verbal commit Rahshead Johnson admitted he didn't know what to expect from the small-town feel of Pullman. However, post trip, he had nothing but great things to say about his experience on the Palouse and tells CF.C the WSU experience will give him plenty to think in his recruitment.

Rahshead Johnson indeed had a whale of a time in Pullman and a big assist belongs to his host Daquawn Brown. Both Brown and fellow freshman Gerard Wicks showed Johnson, Darren Gardenhire and Denzel Fisher a great time around campus, Johnson said.

"It was a great visit overall and I really enjoyed myself out there," Johnson said. "They (Brown and Wicks) showed us the true Wazzu lifestyle and told us about their relationships with the coaches and how much they love living out there. Those guys pretty much hosted me, Darren and Denzel Fisher. Denzel is one of my close friends too and he loved it out there as well. We're all from the same area, so it was cool to hang out.

"For me personally, it was great seeing Daquawn again because I hadn't seen him in a long time. We're all from the same area so it was nice to see him and how he's doing in college life. He told us how great the support is for the students out there and how everyone comes down from Spokane to watch them play."

Seeing Brown make an impact in the Utah game also stood out to Johnson.

"Seeing him out there on the field and making plays for Washington State as a true freshman was very inspiring," Johnson said. "It was cool to see him balling out the way that he did."

AS FOR WHERE his recruitment stands, Johnson said he remains a solid commit to Washington, a team he gave his verbal pledge to last year. However, the 6-0, 175-pounder added that the Cougs are a team he's going to give a serious look at moving forward.

"This trip raised my interest in Washington State a whole lot," Johnson said. "Just going up there and actually seeing how the campus is was great. I like the small town atmosphere of Pullman. That fans were really crazy at the game vs. Utah and it was all just a great experience. I have a lot of interest in them right now."

Johnson added that although Gardenhire, his Godbrother, committed to the Cougs, it won't play a major role on his college decision.

"Darren and I are real close and I was happy for him when he committed," Johnson said. "He's recruiting me to go there with him, but at the end of the day I need to decide what's best for me. I'm going to make a decision on my own."

THE COUGS ARE recruiting Johnson as a cornerback, although he's rated four stars and the 23rd best wideout in the land by Johnson said he's fine playing defense and even spoke with head man Mike Leach and defensive coordinator Mike Breske about making an immediate impact next season.

"Coach Leach is a great guy and he and Coach Breske were telling me how they need defensive backs to come in and compete next season because they're losing so many guys," Johnson said. "I'm fine playing defense, too, because throughout my high school career I've played both ways. It wouldn't be anything new to me."

Johnson also had good things to say about area recruiter Dennis Simmons, who played a big role in getting him out to Pullman this weekend for an official visit.

"We had a solid relationship right now," Johnson said. "He's a good coach."

The Cabrillo High standout said he will take additional official visits to Utah, Arizona State and Washington this winter. He doesn't have the Utah and ASU visits set, but said he is planning on heading to Seattle to check out the UW campus again in December.

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