“I called the Arizona State coaches today and they said they were happy that I’m committed and that I am a Sun Devil,” said the 6-foot-1, 185 pound Oliver Johnson. “They liked that I enjoyed my visit there and I really appreciated that they took time from their day off to spend with me and to show me and my teammates and my coach around.
“This was my first time to Arizona State and the campus and the facilities were so nice. I don’t understand why you wouldn’t want to come here for school and play football. The coaches are so down to earth and care about you, I really like Corinne (Corte) the academic advisor and she also showed how much she cares about the players. Everything about Arizona State feels so right.”
Oh, and the new football uniforms unveiled last week didn’t exactly plant any apprehension in his mind.
“I love them a lot and they bring a new attitude to Arizona State,” Johnson commented. “That’s the type of attitude I want to bring. The black on black is very serious, but I like all the color combinations they have and all the different helmets too.”
The Pac-12 will be shaping up as a league which will feature some of the nation’s top passing offenses, and as a cornerback who will try and halt those aerial attacks every week Johnson is more than up for the challenge.
“I look forward to facing great receivers like Robert Woods every year,” Johnson stated. “I never knew if I would have an opportunity to play in that conference against great players.”
Johnson prepped at nearby Taft High School and signed with Missouri Western when he didn’t get any offers to his liking. After redshirting there he decided that he needed a change of scenery and to position himself in a better path for a Division I school. Therefore, he came to the conclusion that Pierce was the right destination for him.
As a freshman last fall, Johnson played in five games for the Brahmas, posting 12 tackles and five passes defended. His combination of size and speed is one attribute that is very appealing to the ASU staff.
“You don’t have too many 6-1 corners that can run a 4.5,” Johnson said in an interview yesterday. “The coaches wanted to see in person if I was 6-1 because most corners are shorter than that. It’s hard to find corners that can cover the tall receivers out there.”
Oregon and Utah have been recruiting the corner fairly hard in recent weeks and Johnson said following his visit yesterday that he expected to get offers from one or both programs in the upcoming weeks.
Johnson is scheduled to graduate in December and is a two for two player in terms of eligibility.