3-Star athlete/dual-threat quarterback Stephen Johnson was one of several prospects who used The Opening to make a commitment on Tuesday night. During a live airing of the event on ESPNU, Johnson verbally committed to the UCLA Bruins.
“I really like the coaching staff and the academic aspect,” Johnson told Justin Hopkins of 24/7 Sports. “All of the coaches, Yarbs (Eric Yarber), Meat (Demetrice Martin) and (Jim) Mora made me a priority. I looked up the rosters and charted out academics and stuff and compared them last night and UCLA was the right place for me.”
The 5’11, 180-pounder went on to tell reporters he was a “done deal” to UCLA.
“I think It’s done deal. If they let me take visits I might, but from my perspective I’m done and committed. I’m 100-percent Bruin.”
Johnson is from San Leandro, California and attends San Leandro High School. He is ranked as the country’s 46th-best athlete prospect, the 53rd-best overall prospect in the state of California and the 460th-best overall athlete in the class of 2015, according to 24/7 Sports’ composite rankings.
Johnson’s commitment was quite the upset. Johnson was offered by the Bruins in May and although he clearly likes what the Bruins bring to the table, most believe he would wind up committing to the Oregon Ducks. The Ducks extended Johnson an offer in March. Johnson also holds offers from the Arizona State Sun Devils, Boise State Broncos, California Golden Bears, Oregon State Beavers and Washington State Cougars, among others.
He becomes the eighth verbal commitment for the Bruins in the class of 2015.