Our next player spotlight comes from Valley View high school star WR Dominique Johnson. Johnson has already given his verbal commitment to play for the UCLA Bruins. Here's what he had to say.
What were your official stats from last season?
Dominique: I had 41 receptions for 590 yards and 10 touchdowns.
PrepCa.com: What is your official height, weight, bench, squat, clean and 40?
Dominique: I'm 6'3 1/2, 203 pounds, I bench 235, Squat 315, Clean 265, and a 4.6 40.
PrepCa.com: Who is currently recruiting you? Any early offers yet? As of right
now who would be your top 5?
Dominique: I was being recruited by
PrepCa.com: What is your greatest football memory?
Dominique: My greatest football memory was my sophomore year when my team was fighting for a playoff spot. We were down by 4 with about 1 minute left in the last regular season game. We needed a win to get in. I returned the kickoff about 45 yards to set us up. I caught a couple passes to give us 1st downs. We ended up on the goal line and coach chose to throw the fade. I caught it and we won the game.
PrepCa.com: What are you doing to prepare for next season?
Dominique: Right now I am lifting weights and working out trying to condition myself and get physically stronger and faster.
PrepCa.com: What are your goals for this upcoming season?
Dominique: My goals are to play hard every play and make myself and everyone else around me better. Also to go over 1,000 yards and lead my team to a CIF championship!
PrepCa.com: What is your strength as a football player?
Dominique: My ability to use my body and go get the ball is something I'm very good at. I have nice, big, soft hands.
PrepCa.com: What is your weakness as a football player?
Dominique: I need to get my feet moving quicker. That's been my weakness.
PrepCa.com: Who are some teammates that people need to watch for?
Dominique: Watch for Mathew Lee, Travis King, Mike Hernandez, Eli and Ricky Maefau, Shawn Borden, and Mencil Coates
PrepCa.com: What teammate do you really respect the most and why?
Dominique: Mathew Lee because he brings competition to the field and he always pushes himself to the limit.
PrepCa.com: Which program do you respect the most?
Dominique: I respect our program because regardless of how low we may drop, you can always count on us to come back together. Together we will...
PrepCa.com: What is the best piece of advice you have ever gotten? Who did you get it from?
Dominique: When you're on or off the field, if you really want something, go take it. Coach Barlage told me that and it has helped me.
PrepCa.com: Who has been the most influential person in your life? Why?
Dominique: My mother because she has pushed me to be what I am today. She has gone through the trouble of raising me and has always been here for me.
PrepCa.com: Who is your favorite professional athlete?
Dominique: Terrell Owens
PrepCa.com: What can we expect from your team this season?
Dominique: Expect us to come out and play hard every play. Effort and details are our main priorities right now.
PrepCa.com: What are your goals as far as playing football in college?
Dominique: I want to come in and make an impact on the team I play for. I want to lead my team to victory and championships.
PrepCa.com: What can you bring to a college program?
Dominique: I can bring an athlete with size and great hands and also an intelligent young man who will focus on making the program better.
PrepCa.com: What is your favorite thing about the game of football?
Dominique: The competition football brings is amazing. Also I love the fact that if you want something you have the power to go get it.
PrepCa.com: What has been the most surprising part of the whole recruiting
process? What advice would you give to athletes who get recruited in the future?
Dominique: Everything comes at you so fast. It's hard to stay focused because you start thinking ahead of yourself. I would tell athletes that grades are the most important thing. Focus in the classroom and stay away from things that will get you in trouble.
PrepCa.com: How do you feel when you see your name listed as one of the top
prospects in the entire country?
Dominique: I feel like all my hard work is beginning to pay off. I feel proud of what I've done and it makes me want to keep pushing to be a better player.
PrepCa.com: What was it about UCLA that made you want to commit to them so
soon in the recruiting process?
Dominique: I love the campus and the weather is pretty much nice throughout the
entire year. I have a great bond with coaches there and they make me feel very comfortable. I wanted to stay close to home and UCLA has been the school I've been dreaming about attending since I first began playing sports. I feel like I will fit in the system very well at UCLA.
would really like to thank Dominique for his time. We wish him and all of his teammates at
Valley View the best of luck this season.
We also wish him the best in his future at UCLA.