Johnson will check out WSU soon

A big-time linebacker in the state of California last year and this year is Saddleback's Charles Johnson (6-2, 234). He's a playmaker anywhere on the field and he is scheduled to visit a Pac 10 school in June to see about enrolling there for this fall. spoke to him recently and he talked about his plans and what it might take to get him to leave school early.

"Washington State has offered me and they want me to come out this year and play for them this fall," Johnson said. "Since I qualified out of high school, I can pretty much leave whenever I want to, but I'm not sure if I'm going to do that or not.

"I'm going to get up there in June and see what's up there and how I like it. If I do I might go play up there this fall and have three years to play."

Johnson said distance isn't a factor and that the weather isn't either.

"It doesn't really matter to me, but I need to make sure I feel comfortable wherever I go and how I feel about the staff and the players that I would be with," Johnson said. "I just love to play the game and I love to get after the quarterback and a defense that lets me do that will really help me a lot in making my decision."

Johnson finished the season with nine sacks, 89 tackles and a forced fumble.

"I had a good season, but I expect to have an even better one this fall because I'm more experienced and I'm bigger, stronger and faster," Johnson said. "I know everyone says that every year, but with me, it's true."

Johnson reps 225 pounds 20 times on the bench, runs a 4.58 forty and claims a 36-inch vertical leap.

"I'm hoping at the combine this weekend that I'll do better in all of those categories and see what interest comes out of that," Johnson said.

Johnson prepped at El Toro High School in Lake Forest, California and received minimal interest from 1AA schools, but that isn't an issue anymore. Schools from across the country have had their eye on him since his standout freshman season at Saddleback.

"Ole Miss offered me, but I haven't heard much from them since then," Johnson said. "Like I said, Washington State has offered me and then Tennessee, Cal and Missouri are the other ones that I'm hearing the most from."

Johnson plans to major in Philosophy wherever he ends up and, unless he takes the Cougars' offer to play this fall, he will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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