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January 20, 2013
Johnson picks Bruins
Johnny Johnson is done … for the most part. He throws a "probably" in there to cover all possible bases, but it seems as though his UCLA commitment is final. When the four-star defensive back made the decision to pledge his services to the Bruins during his visit on Saturday night, he did so wholeheartedly.
All other options have been eliminated … probably.
"I probably will not take any more visits," Johnson said when reached by phone on Sunday. "Other schools have seen my commitment. It's out there now, so I don't know what kind of recruitment will still go on. I'm done."
The motivation behind his decision isn't something Johnson can quantify easily. Like many high-level recruits, he speaks in generalities on the subject. What sold him? Well, that's complicated.
"It was everything, not just football," Johnson said. "It was about everything UCLA has to offer me on and off the field. I'm feeling really happy about it. I committed to Coach [Jim] Mora. He said 'excellent, man.' He was real happy about it."
That happiness came for good reason. Johnson's stock has sored in recent months. He had a stellar senior season and is coming off a showing at the Semper Fidelis All-American game that landed him on most top performers list. He was far and away the best defensive back on the West roster at that time. And now, he'll take that momentum to Westwood.
His role in the UCLA system, however, is yet to be defined.
"They didn't really talk much about how they want to use me," Johnson said. "The most exciting thing is probably the experience that I'll have out here. I'm not able to really answer that part as of now, but I'm sure after I'm done, I'll have a great experience to look back on. I'm sure I'll have a good time."
As a senior, Johnson helped lead his team to an 11-win season. Rivals.com ranks him as the 201 overall prospect in the country.