Washington is right in the mix for 2017 Buena Park (Ca.) WR Taariq Johnson

2017 Buena Park (Ca.) WR Taariq Johnson is one of the most sought-after receivers on the West Coast and Washington is right in the mix for the talented wideout...

Johnson is one of the top receiver targets on he West Coast, already owning offers from 14 schools -- Arizona, Cal, Washington, Maryland, Miami, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Arizona State, Colorado, Baylor, Colorado State, Ohio and Michigan -- and many others showing interest.

"The schools that haven't offered yet, but seem like they have the potential to offer here pretty soon ar Florida, Fresno State and Oregon," Johnson told Dawgman.com. "There are a bunch of other schools talking to me, but those are the three that are the closest to offering."

Washington offered the talented wideout several weeks ago and he said he's formed a solid relationship with new receivers coach Bush Hamdan.

"He and I are close and we talk on a weekly basis," Johnson said. "He and I just catch up and he asks how I'm doing and what I'm up to right now. "A big thing he's sold me on is the setting there. It's the best setting in college football. I get that one a lot from the coaching staff.

"I've seen the pictures. It definitely looks like a nice place to play and spend your years in college.

"He feels like I could come in and be a factor right away for them and have the potential to be a first year player who contributes."

This spring and summer, Johnson is planning an aggressive tour of schools which includes some of his favorites along with some other schools that appear close to offering.

"I'll be taking a few visits for sure," Johnson said. "I for sure will be going to Tennessee on April 30th and I'll be going over to Arizona and Arizona State this week.

"I'm visiting UCLA and USC pretty soon and I'm hoping to get out and see Cal, Washington, Nebraska and Maryland. I'm also going to visit Notre Dame this summer."

While Johnson admits he has not even thought about a timeline for when he'd like to make a decision, he has begun to think about the things that will help him narrow things down.

"I'm looking for a school with a good balance in both academics and athletics," Johnson noted. "It also needs to be a place I feel comfortable in and can call home for the next four to five years.

"All in all, it doesn't really matter as long as I can feel comfortable within the environment and be cool with the players, I will be fine."

As a junior last season, Johnson finished with 34 receptions for 477 yards and six touchdowns.


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