Top JC back: Cougs in lead

<B>DARTANGAN JOHNSON</b>, one of the best JC running backs in the nation, is closing in on 2,000 career yards and leaning toward Washington State as his four-year school of choice, but USC and others are hot on his heels.

In five games this year, the 6-0, 215-pound Santa Ana CC workhorse with 4.5 speed has 711 yards and five TDs on 120 carries.

In five games last year, he had 735 yards and seven touchdowns before breaking his right leg. Many coaches have been by to watch him play this fall and he is having a great season.

"My leg is fine now. I am 100 percent healthy," he explained.

Johnson will earn his degree in December and plans on enrolling at his school of choice in the spring. He will have three seasons to play two.

"I am the whole package. I can catch, I have great vision, speed, power, and I cut very well," he says. He benches 305, squats 500 and cleans 280.

His narrowed his list to Washington State, USC, Utah, Missouri, Wyoming and Arizona.

Washington State is his favorite and he knows when he'll visit there. "They are the main one right now because they are doing a real good job of recruiting me. I know I am visiting there in December, I am just not sure of the date yet."

"SC came to my last game and they also came out to a couple of my spring practices -- Coach (defensive line coach Ed) Orgeron and Carroll did. They told my coach that they like me and they might take a JC running back."

He played high school ball at Newport Harbor in southern California.

WSU is paying special attention to the running back position in its 2005 recruiting class because they lose Chris Bruhn after this season, and Allen Thompson and Jerome Harrison will both be seniors in 2005.

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