The Arizona Wildcats landed a big-time commitment late Tuesday night, with Greg Johnson, a 5'10", 185lb athlete. Johnson is ranked 4th among all athletes and 58th regardless of position, a consensus 4-star prospect. With some work this season, he could even be elevated to a 5-star prospect.
He hails from Hawkins High School, a dominant football program in the greater Los Angeles area. Arizona has been targeting that school hard this offseason, and hosted many of them this past weekend on an unofficial visit.
#BearDown ⬇️ #HawkinsFootball pic.twitter.com/HMXaAOgzyP— Greg Johnson (@quick6gjohnson) March 2, 2016
Johnson could have picked virtually any school he wanted to, holding offers to Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon and USC, among others. He was considered to be a favorite for USC, but that doesn't seem to be the case any longer.
New safeties coach Donté Williams led on his recruitment and this seems to be the first of many big gets for this new coaching staff. From a multitude of recruits that I've spoken to, they've had nothing but great things to say about Coach Williams.
Johnson plays both cornerback and running back and it's unclear to what position he would really play at Arizona, whatever fits him best. This past season at Hawkins, he ran for over 1,100 yards and 11 touchdowns. On defense, he accumulated 42 tackles, four interceptions and two sacks.
His junior year highlights are below.
This now marks the third recruit for the 2017 recruiting class, the second 4-star prospect. While I'm not entirely convinced that Braxton Burmeister will end up signing with Arizona, this is a great start to the class, one that I projected could finish as a top-30 class. Arizona currently sits at 33rd in the nation, with only two ranked recruits. Rhett Rodriguez is the third, who is currently unranked.
Hopefully this is just the start of big things on the recruiting trail for the Wildcats.