Everybody Loves Raymond (Johnson)

After signing with Arizona State out of high school, Raymond Johnson (5-10, 175) thought he was set for the next four years. But Johnson never received a qualifying SAT score, so he headed for a JC. Johnson sat out the 2004 season with a medical redshirt than played the 2005 season at Los Angeles (Calif.) Pierce. 

Now, Johnson will play his 2006 sophomore season at L.A. Valley and he couldn't be happier.

"I like Valley a lot.  It's a good school and we're going to have a good season," said Johnson.

It wasn't as if the 2005 season was a bad one for Johnson.

He caught 48 passes for 813 yards and scored six touchdowns while also tallying over 600 yards as a kick returner, taking three back for a score.

So now, several Pac-10 schools are taking notice.

"Cal, I hear a lot from.  Oregon State has been watching me, USC has showed me a little.  I'm hearing from Arizona State a little bit too, but not as much as high school.  Really, a lot of the Pac-10 schools are recruiting me," said Johnson.

Johnson prepped at Inglewood High, where he played with USC defensive end Lawrence Jackson and Johnson said he wouldn't mind playing with his former high school teammate in college.

"Oh that would be nice," said Johnson.

Johnson does have one offer, from West Texas, but he has his sights set on playing in the Pac-10.

"I want to stay in the Pac-10, but if not, then that's cool, I'll play somewhere else.  I can sign in December and leave in January.  I want to take all of my trips if I can before I make my decision," said Johnson.

At last month's JCFootball.com Combine, Johnson ran a 4.2 short shuttle, jumped 34.3", and ran a 4.62 electronically timed forty on a slow, spongy surface. He's a legit sub-4.5 guy hand-timed on a more solid surface.

 


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