New school gets in the mix for Johnson

As he and his teammates prepare for the start of their season this weekend, L.A. Pierce CB Clifford Johnson (6-0, 195) has a new school courting him. spoke to the talented cover-corner recently and he updated us on things…

"USC just started recruiting me pretty hard actually," Johnson told "I just got them my transcripts really recently and they said they are interested, so right now that's where things stand with them."

Kentucky has been the only school to offer Johnson so far, but he also has schools like Colorado, Hawaii, Arizona, Arizona State, Nebraska and Oklahoma looking his way as well.

As a freshman last fall, Johnson was solid for the Brahmas, posting 16 tackles, one interception and two passes defensed in eight games.

"We play different (coverage schemes) depending on who we are facing," Johnson said over the summer. "If we're facing some really good receivers, we'll go zone and cover them that way, but we also play a lot of man, bump-and-run, so I feel like I can play either type of coverage and do well."

Johnson hails from Florida, but said he has not qualms about playing anywhere in the country, as long as he has a legitimate shot at earning playing time once he signs.

Johnson said he's working hard to be able to sign with a school in December, but noted that if he doesn't he will definitely be ready to go in May of 2011. Wherever he signs he will have three years to play two following the 2010 football season.

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