Johnson says yes to the Huskies

It's been a long time since Washington was able to bring in a running back with Brandon Johnson's resume, but they got a nice surprise on Tuesday night as Johnson told wide receivers coach Eric Yarber that he wanted to be a Husky.

"Yeah, I'm committed to Washington," Johnson told "I just felt it was the right time.

"I committed last night. I committed to Coach (Eric) Yarber. He was very happy. He just gave me a big handshake and a hug. He said, 'Welcome to the family.

"I'm just excited about coming up there."

Johnson chose the Huskies over Oregon and Cal as well as offers from Oregon State, Washington State, Boise State, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Colorado, Utah and Nebraska, among others.

It's possible that Johnson will take visits, but he doesn't have any set up at this point, other than his January 5th trip to Seattle.

"I just like the situation there, with a running back (Kenny James) graduating," Johnson said when asked why he felt Washington was the right fit for him. "And also Coach Yarbs. I like him a lot."

The last running back from Dominguez was a famous one - Willie Hurst. Does Johnson know Hurst? "I've talked to him, but I haven't told him that I committed yet," Johnson said. "He said that it's great up there."

And how about Johnson's family? "They are all very happy," he said. "They just want me to make the best out of my situation."

Johnson has a highly recruited teammate at Dominguez in DB David Ross. "I'm trying to get him to come (to Washington)," Johnson said. "He's real interested."

Johnson and Ross still has one game to go, this weekend versus West Torance High School for the section championship of the CIF, but Johnson still amassed 1,435 yards and 24 touchdowns on the ground already.

Johnson now becomes the 15th player to commit to Washington head coach Tyrone Willingham for the 2007 recruiting class. Top Stories