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Johnson has star potential

Fresno, Calif., is known for producing top-notch cornerbacks and maybe the next big name coming from that town is Johnny Johnson, a physical and tough 2013 prospect who had his coming-out party at the recent Stanford NIKE Camp.
Colorado State is the first offer for Johnson, from Fresno San Joaquin Memorial, but many more are expected and the 5-foot-9, 170-pound prospect said he's now hearing from all the Pac-10 schools.
It's probably a matter of time until many others get involved.
"Things are excellent right now," Johnson said. "After the camp my name was very hot and I've been receiving mail from the Pac-10 schools. Other than that, there isn't much else going on.
"That day at Stanford was a day that I was very prepared for and it showed in the way that I performed. I was there to make a name for myself."
Johnson defended four-star wide receivers Davonte Neal and Jaydon Mickens among many others and utilized his strength at the line of scrimmage. Mickens had only complimentary things to say about Johnson after the camp even though the two jawed at each other during one-on-one drills.
That's the beauty of Johnson's game - he plays with a lot of confidence and toughness and wanted to be tested by the best receivers at the event.
So far in his recruitment, USC and Oregon are standing out the most but Johnson said he's definitely open to all options.
"I really like Oregon and SC because they have a very good reputation," Johnson said. "Both are big-time programs. They're in the race every year for the BCS bowl games and that's a big deal."
One thing for Johnson to consider as his recruitment continues is that friends Tee Shepard and Deontay Greenberry, both from Fresno, have already committed to Notre Dame.
Johnson, who is expected to attend USC's camp later this month, said playing with his friends in South Bend would definitely be an option if the Irish start recruiting him. USC and Oregon are the favorites now but there is a lot of time left for the 2013 stud to figure things out.
"I always talk to those guys and I'd like to receive offers like those guys have from Oregon and SC and being able to go to Notre Dame," Johnson said. "That's very big time and I'd like to be up there as well with them."