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Johnson to pick from four schools

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Stephen Johnson III had considered waiting a while longer to make his commitment but the three-star athlete is prepared to make his decision so he's going to do it this week.
The San Leandro, Calif., standout who looked good at the Rivals Camp Series Northern California plans to commit this week at The Opening with four finalists under consideration.
"I'm going to make the decision," Johnson said.
"It's big. That's the plan. I want to get it over with before I go to school so I can just really just focus on my team and the season. I don't want to do official visits like back-to-back and visiting schools during the season. I want to make an early decision."
The 5-foot-11, 188-pound prospect said his final group is Oregon, UCLA, Cal and Arizona State. Plenty of SEC schools have started to show interest but Johnson wants to get his decision done this summer and doesn't want to focus much on the recruiting process this fall.
It's almost a certainty that the San Leandro prospect who could play wide receiver or cornerback will play in the Pac-12. The only question left is which school will win out.
"With Oregon I like the program and how I'd fit into it," Johnson said. "At UCLA, I like the coaching staff and the program as well and the area. I really like the academic aspect at UCLA, too.
"With ASU I don't know too much about them but it's a nice area and I really like the coaches a lot so far. I have a good relationship with coach (Chris) Ball and the other coaches.
"With Cal it's just home and I know my parents would be able to come to the games. That is definitely good."
Johnson is expected to announce on July 8.
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