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Johnson interested in Pac-12 offer

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James Johnson has a few nice offers and the Upland, Calif., three-star safety is also keeping a close eye on UCLA because if the Bruins offer it might be tough for the local standout to turn down.
"It's kind of picked up a little bit with UCLA," Johnson said. "They're kind of trying to see what the other recruits do as far as who commits among their defensive backs.
"It would be hard to turn UCLA down. As a whole, I love all the coaches, the location is great and the academics are great."
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound prospect lists offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Fresno State, Houston, Nevada, New Mexico and Oregon State.
So far in his recruitment, Johnson said four schools - Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon State and Houston - especially stand out.
Oregon State is a main contender for Johnson, who said the Beavers offered first and that still means a lot to him.
"Oregon State always stands out because they were the first to offer me and that means a lot," Johnson said.
"I was just looking for my first offer and they came through. All the coaches at Oregon State I have a relationship with so that's pretty huge."
Arizona State and Houston have also made a big impression.
"I just loved my visit to Arizona State," Johnson said. "My visit there I have no bad things about my visit to Tempe. Coach (Todd) Graham is a great guy and also the safeties coach, coach (Chris) Ball, made a big impression on me.
"Houston is a mystery. It's interesting. It's crazy they offered me all the way out in Texas so that's always going to mean a lot. Coach (Zac) Spavital is a great guy and they haven't offered a lot of defensive backs yet."
Johnson is not sure when he'll make his commitment. He probably wants to see if UCLA offers and if not then he'll have a decision to make among some strong offers.
"It could come soon or it could come later," Johnson said. "I'm just going to see what happens."
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