Johnson talks about WSU and Utah visits

One of the most athletic players in the JC ranks this year is Los Angeles Southwest S Robert Johnson. The playmaking safety has taken two official visits and he's hoping to hear from a couple other schools about visits as well.

"I went to Washington State last weekend and I visited Utah the week before that," Johnson said. "I really liked both visits. They were different, but still both were really good."

Johnson is being recruited by Washington State running backs coach Kelly Skipper and he said the two have a good relationship.

"He's a great guy and I really feel comfortable with him," Johnson said. "When I went up there, I was hosted by Michael Bumpus who is a receiver up there for them. He went to Culver City which is close to where I'm from and some of my teammates played against him in high school. He's a really good receiver.

"He told me how great it is to go there and that the competition in the Pac 10 is what you'll see in the NFL. That's impressive because that's where I want to end up."

While he was in Pullman, Johnson said head coach Bill Doba extended an official offer his way.

"He said he wanted a player like me in the secondary and that they could use an athletic player like me back there," Johnson said. "If I went there I think I could play pretty early if I worked hard and came in ready to play.

"They didn't ask me to commit while I was there, but you could tell they really wanted me to. They said they want me to be sure about my decision, but that they would love to have me there. They made me think a little bit."

The previous week, Johnson visited Utah and said he loved his visit there as well.

"I was really surprised how much fun we had in Salt Lake City," Johnson said with a laugh. "You hear all these stories about how boring Utah is, but when I went there we had so much fun it was great. I really enjoyed the city and the players too.

"I got hosted by Darryl Poston and he told me Utah is a great place to start over. He was a transfer from USC and he said he really was happy about his decision to move there. I felt really comfortable there and they have sent quite a few players to the NFL recently."

Also on the recruiting radar are four other schools that have Johnson's attention.

"Washington, Colorado, Arizona and Baylor have also been talking to me quite a bit and they said they are looking at offering me as well," Johnson said. "I probably won't make a decision until I've taken a few more visits, but we'll see what happens.

"I will be finished with my degree in February so I should be able to be at wherever I commit to for spring practices. I know a couple of schools might need me to take another class or two so I might have to end up being there in May instead. Either way, I'm on track to graduate with no problems."

Wherever he ends up, Johnson will have three years to play three because he redshirted in 2005 after hurting his ankle in the first game of the season.

During his one season at Los Angeles Southwest, Johnson finished with 70 tackles, four interceptions, 1 forced fumble and two fumble recovers.

"I also caught three passes and had a touchdown on offense as well," Johnson said. "They liked to take advantage of my speed (4.35) so they sent me on fade routes all the time. It was fun."

Johnson also runs track and has a personal best of 21.67 in the 200 meters and a 6'-6" high-jump as well.

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