Four-star athlete Greg Johnson has decided to play college football for USC, as he announced on Wednesday afternoon on ESPN2. He picked the Trojans over Nebraska and Oregon.
Johnson, speaking after his announcement on ESPN2, said USC was a school he watched growing up. He also added that Adoree’ Jackson’s departure from USC for the NFL Draft was another factor that went into his decision. Johnson added that he is looking forward to competing early once he arrives at USC.
He played in high school at Hawkins is Los Angeles, where he was teammates with five-star wide receiver Joseph Lewis. Lewis and Johnson are now a package deal, with Lewis committing to USC before Johnson made his pledge. The two were invited together to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January. There’s been no more dangerous pair of high school teammates this year than the two of them.
Johnson is the class of 2017’s No. 1 “athlete” — a sort of hybrid evaluation between running back, receiver, and defensive back — according to the 247Sports Composite. He’s ranked the country’s No. 102 overall prospect and No. 12 in California.
Johnson was formerly committed to Arizona. He first verbally pledged to Rich Rodriguez’s team last March, but he decommitted at the beginning of December. USC, Oregon, and Nebraska quickly emerged as the favorites to land him after that.
"I feel as if my whole recruiting process was very eye opening," he told The Oregonian after a January official visit to Eugene. "I got to learn about people and how things are run at the next level - school-wise, business-wise and athletic-wise. I could also pass down what I've learned to my brother, because a year from now he'll be going through the same process."
Marcus Johnson, Greg’s younger brother, is a four-star 2018 cornerback prospect.
He’s listed at 5’10 and 185 pounds. He’s athletic enough to play either offense or defense, and it’s not yet obvious exactly where he’ll line up.
When Johnson’s on offense, he can do all the things you’d expect. He’s a good lateral mover, with straight-ahead speed to blow past people when he gets to the edge. When he’s on defense, he can line up as an inside or outside cornerback, and he was able to defend high school receivers with apparent ease. “Versatility” is a recruiting buzzword, but Johnson has it in higher supply than most.
We’ll see of Johnson can follow in Adoree’ Jackson’s footsteps.