Four-star linebacker Mark Johnson (6-4, 230, 4.45) from Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey is a tremendous talent. He going to play on Friday because of an injury but when it became crunch time, Johnson answered the bell.
"I had a hip-flexor that kept me out of most of the game," Johnson said. "It was a critical time of the game so my coaches put me in the fourth quarter."
"I had around 10 tackles and recovered a fumble," Johnson said. "We ended up beating Narbonne 15-7."
Needless to say, Johnson has received his share of phone calls since September 1st. Schools such as LSU, Arizona State, Cal, Washington, Miami, Fresno State, Michigan and Ohio State have dialed Johnson up.
Johnson was supposed to take an official visit to Ohio State this past weekend but the visit was canceled.
"I was supposed to visit Ohio State this past weekend for the Texas game but my Dad couldn't get off work," Johnson said. "Now I plan to visit Ohio State when they play Iowa (Sept. 24th)."
Miami, Florida, LSU and Cal look to be in line for the last four visits but Johnson indicated that the list could change.
Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, Tennessee, Florida, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State and Oklahoma are a partial list of schools that offered Johnson a scholie.
Johnson plans to take in the UCLA/Oklahoma game this weekend at the Rose Bowl. He may even take in the USC/Arkansas game later that evening.
As a junior, Johnson played for Culver City, Calif., where he racked up 150 tackles, 11 forced fumbles, 10 fumble recoveries, eight sacks and one interception. His performance saw him earn all-CIF, all-league and was League Defensive Player of the Year.
Johnson is a member of the Rivals250 and is the sixth-ranked linebacker in the country. Johnson is also the No. 16 rated player in California.