Johnson picks Boise State football over Oregon, USC, Notre Dame

An official visit to Oregon last weekend made Jaylen Johnson realize that he wanted to play for the Boise State Broncos.
Johnson, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound senior defensive lineman/linebacker at Corona (Calif.) Centennial High, verbally committed to Boise State on Monday.
“He’d narrowed it down to Oregon and Boise State in his mind, but wanted to see Oregon before he decided,” said Centennial coach Matt Logan, who added that Johnson came to Boise on an unofficial visit this summer.
Ranked as the No. 28 defensive end nationally by Rivals.com, Johnson also had offers from USC, Notre Dame, Colorado, Northwestern and Miami (Fla.), according to Logan.
Johnson, the 12th known verbal commitment of the 2014 class, is expected to officially visit Boise State for the Broncos’ Sept. 28 game against Southern Miss. He had 113 tackles and four sacks last season at defensive end. This season, playing middle linebacker, Johnson has 35 tackles and two sacks in three games this season. Logan said Boise State coaches told him Johnson “is a perfect fit” to play the Broncos’ hybrid defensive end/linebacker “STUD” position where Shea McClellin previously excelled and added that he Johnson has room to add weight, if needed.
“It’s rare for a kid to sift through all the glitz and glamor and just find a place that’s right for them — I think that shows the level of maturity Jaylen has,” Logan said.
2014 RECRUITING CLASS
HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS
— DB Khalil Oliver, 6-1, 185, Rocky Mountain HS
— QB Jalen Greene, 6-3, 194, Serra HS (Los Angeles)
— CB Brandon Lewis, 5-11, 180, Pleasant Grove HS (Elk Grove, Calif.)
— DL Greg Gaines, 6-1, 290, La Habra (Calif.) HS
— TE Dimitri Flowers, 6-3, 225, Churchill HS (San Antonio)
— DL/LB Hawkins Mann, 6-4, 215, Burroughs HS (Burbank Calif.); formerly at Borah HS
— TE Drew Sample, 6-4, 235, Newport (Wash.) HS
— WR Shay Fields, 5-10, 165, St. John Bosco HS (Bellflower, Calif.)
— WR Sean Modster, 5-11, 190, Mission Viejo (Calif.) HS
— OL Jesse Sosebee, 6-5, 300, Edison HS (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
— OL Ryan Griswold, 6-5, 250, Pearland (Texas) HS
— DL/LB Jaylen Johnson, 6-4, 240, Centennial HS (Corona, Calif.)

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