Four-star linebacker Mark Johnson (6-4, 230, 4.6) from Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey is living up to his reputation as one of the Golden State's top linebacker prospects. Johnson has been a one-man wrecking crew this season. He has been in double figures in tackles five times this season and in one game against Narbonne he only played in the fourth quarter, but racked up eight tackles.
Against archrival Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw, Johnson racked up 17 tackles. Against Los Angeles City Section standing champion, Lake Balboa (Calif.) Birmingham, Johnson accounted for 15 tackles and when Dorsey played East Bay power Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds, Johnson had 12 tackles to his credit.
On the recruiting trail Johnson has narrowed things down some.
"I have a lot of offers and I don't want to leave any schools out," Johnson said. "But I have been thinking a lot about USC, UCLA, Cal, LSU, Florida, Ohio State and Fresno State."
"I took a visit to LSU on October 14th," Johnson said. "My trip to LSU was good and I could definitely see myself playing there."
Earlier in the recruiting season Johnson had to cancel a visit to Ohio State, but this talented linebacker who plays at the same school that former Buckeye linebacker Nia'l Diggs, still has the horseshoe on his mind.
"I'm still going to take my trip to Ohio State," Johnson said. "I just not sure when."
"I don't think I will visit UCLA or UCLA because they are local," Johnson said. "I'm thinking of taking all of my official visits out of Southern California."
Johnson has a visit set for Cal on December 9th. He us unsure who will land his last two.
"Like I said, I'm still very open and don't want leave any schools out."
Johnson is a member of the Rivals.com Rivals250 team for the class of 2006. His solid play as a senior has seen him move up a notch. He was rated as the nations' No. 6 middle linebacker prospect and now he's ranked No. 5.
Johnson is also a member the Rivals.com preseason California Top 100 and is ranked as the nation's No. 16 prospect at any position.