Johnson adds three to his offer total

The recruiting heat has picked up for Citrus DE Devin Johnson (6-3, 235) over the past month and, after a great spring, the big defensive end from southern California has added three more offers bringing his total to five. JCFootball.com got an update from Johnson and he talked about the five schools he's looking at and what he's focusing on this summer.

"I had a really good spring," Johnson said recently. "I'm as happy as ever and I really focused on getting stronger and even faster, but I really wanted to work on my technique as well."

Johnson claims to run a 4.6 at 235 pounds and was known as a speed-rusher in 2006. He tallied 3.5 sacks and 22 tackles as a part-time player as a freshman, but he expects to put up a lot more stats this season as the full-time starter.

"I've been working really hard at my ‘hand-fighting'", Johnson said. "I've been working on the strength of my hands and either in practice or after practice, I'll ask a lineman to stay after and work with me, and we'll just work on hand-drills and how to get blockers off of me.

"It's always about working hard and putting in the time to be the best you can be and I want to be a complete defensive end and not just a pass-rusher. That's the best part though. I like getting to the quarterback and knocking him down."

On the recruiting front, Johnson got early offers from Kansas State and Oregon and now he's added offers from Arizona State, Nebraska and Utah.

"Oregon and Nebraska are probably recruiting me the hardest right now," Johnson said. "I went to Oregon's spring game and it was a lot of fun.

"I had been up there before and I spoke with their coaches and they talked to me about everything. They talked about the academics there, the program and what they are doing with their players and they said I didn't need to commit right then, but they wanted me to make my decision soon."

Johnson listed his thoughts on each of the five schools who have offered…

Arizona State – "My senior year of high school, I took a visit there and I really liked the campus and the weather. The team and the coaches were really cool and I think it would be a good place to play college football. The staff is different now, but I know coach (Dennis) Erickson is a good coach so I'm not too worried about the change."

Oregon – "Their coaches are great and the team was pretty cool. They graduate a lot of players and they have a good program. When I was at the spring game I got the meet the defensive line coach and we talked about a lot of things and got along really well."

Kansas State – "They were one of the first schools to offer me and I like the defense they run. Their defensive coordinator has been talking to me about their stadium and their school and what they want to build there."

Nebraska – "I watched their spring game on TV and it was pretty impressive. They had a ton of red there and over 60,000 people were there. That place eats and drinks football. Going there would be amazing."

Utah – "I don't know a lot about their school and actually, I hadn't talked to them since March, but then the other week, I got a written offer in the mail from them so I need to do a little research on them and see what they have to offer."

Johnson said he hopes to make some unofficial visits this summer and said he would like to make a decision before the start of the season, but may wait and take a few visits before he decides.

He'll graduate in May of 2008 and have two years to play two when he arrives on campus.

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