Last week we talked about Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) defensive back Devin Ross and said he was one of two high major Div I recruits on the team. The other is defensive end Devin Johnson who is now up to four Pac 10 scholarship offers.
A year ago, everyone knew about Cougar defensive lineman Averell Spicer, a pre-season All-American who signed with USC. However the player on the defense everyone talked the most about last season was actually Johnson.
"Devin was our best defensive player last year for sure," Cougar coach Chris Van Duin said. "He was the one all of our opponents talked about after playing us. He's a playmaker and has a great burst off the edge. He's a natural pass rusher who knows how to get up the field. I'm not sure if he's the same level of prospect as Spice was because of how big and quick Spice was but Devin is pretty close."
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Johnson, 6-3, 215 pounds finished the year with 77 tackles, 10 sacks, three blocked punts and three blocked field goals and earned 1st team all-league, all-county and all-CIF honors.
"I have offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Washington State and Oregon right now," Johnson said. "I'm also hearing from UCLA, LSU and Cal. In terms of favorites, I'm open right now and don't have a top five or anything. I just want to see who recruits me and everyone who is offering me, they'll be on my list."
Johnson said he'll be camping at Oregon State and will also attend the Nike Camp at USC in April. Academically, Johnson has a bit of work to do as he is currently carrying a 2.2 GPA and will take the SAT later in the year.