Decision looms for Johnson

One of the more dynamic pass-rushers in the JC ranks this year is College of the Sequoias DE Delano Johnson (6-5, 248). He runs like a deer and he's got an incredibly quick first step. Those skills have already brought in two offers to play this fall, but he may wait to play for the school that he's loved since he was a young man playing football in the Tarheel State.

"I love LSU," Johnson told while watching his teammates work out at the Cerritos Combine this past weekend. "They offered me if I would sign in December and I'm thinking about that a lot.

"UCF and TCU have both offered me for this fall and I like both of those schools, but I really love LSU and if I have a chance to play there, then that is something I really have to look at."

Besides those three offers, Johnson noted he's also hearing a lot from California, Arizona and Arizona State as well.

Johnson prepped at Concord High School in North Carolina and headed west when he didn't qualify to sign a D-1 scholarship. He signed with West Hills and was an All-Conference performer there as a freshman.

"My quickness and my first step is really what sets me apart from the other defensive ends out there," Johnson said. "I just don't feel like anyone can block me and that isn't me being cocky, I just have the confidence that no one can block me."

This summer, Johnson wants to add some bulk to his frame while also getting stronger.

"I want to get up to about 270 or so," Johnson said. "I bench 375, but I want to add to that too. It's all about improving myself and working hard to be the best I can be."

Johnson normally runs a 4.6 forty, but before he pulled his hamstring, the reason he didn't participate in the combine, he ran a 4.5 during spring testing.

If Johnson chooses to stay at COS this fall, he'll have three years to play two when he signs in December.

We'll continue to track his progress over the coming weeks and months and update things as they happen.

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