Johnson commits to ASU

Johnson commits to ASU

Jonathon Johnson visited Tempe last weekend and was scheduled to visit Cal this coming weekend and make his decision between both Pac-12 foes. Yesterday he informed the Golden Bears that he made his choice and on Tuesday he called up the Sun Devil staff with his pledge.

"I felt going to Arizona State will give me a better chance of going to the NFL," Johnson said. "I know these coaches can make me a better player. I just felt that it's a good fit for me. I know if I come here and work hard I will be a better player.

"I really liked the school and the coaches on my visit. The facilities were top of the line. I liked talking to Jean Boyd about the academics. I loved the game atmosphere and how the defense played. I love how aggressive the defense is and how many blitzes it has. That is my type of game. They don't read and react, they just get after the quarterback."

Originally from Pittsburgh, Pa. Johnson has flown largely under the radar. He played as a freshman at Snow College, and in 2012 had to take a medical redshirt due to injury. The linebacker said that ASU first made contact with him only in November. In his sophomore season he posted seven sacks, ten tackles for loss and 34 total tackles.

"I was surprised when they started recruiting me," Johnson said. "I guess they liked what the saw on film and they offered me. They like me as a pass rusher, and how passionate I am about the game.

"They said they want me to play the Devil (backer) position so I was watching Carl Bradford and how he played and I think that it is a good fit for me. I think I have the speed and power to play there."

Johnson said that he was tempted to commit on his Tempe trip, but the ASU coaches encouraged him to think things over and make sure that he was making the right decision.

"I really appreciated how much they cared for me like I was their own son," Johnson said. "I appreciated that honesty."

Aside from Cal Florida A&M, Temple and South Florida offered Johnson who is a December graduate and a two for two player. The linebacker is expected to sign his grant-aid paperwork this month and enroll at ASU for the spring semester.

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