It should be a strong year for running backs in the state of California next season and one of the best will definitely be Compton (Calif.) Dominguez standout Brandon Johnson.
Johnson, 5-10, 180 pounds had a big junior season despite playing in a wing-T offense where he had to share carries with two other backs. The athlete finished the year with just over 1,500 yards and 25 touchdowns and then had his coming out party in the CIF Div III title game.
Playing against Notre Dame, Sherman Oaks, the state's top ranked team at the time and defending champions, Johnson led a dominating performance rushing for 251 yards and four touchdowns.
"He's going to be a great player and a big time recruit," Dons assistant coach Martin French said. "I think he'll be the top back in the city and was right there with guys like Stafon Johnson and C.J. Gable this year. He runs hard, is very quick and has good speed. He should be recruited by every top school in the nation."
Johnson said he's already hearing from Cal, Colorado, Arizona, UTEP and LSU to name a few.
"Right now, my top five would be Oregon, Cal, Arizona, USC and UCLA," Johnson said. "Oregon and Cal are probably the two I like the most. Oregon has a cool atmosphere and I know a lot of people who go there and they like it a lot. With Cal, they have a good program and I like their academics.
"The three things I'm looking at right now are early playing time, how well I fit in with the other players and coaches and how strong the academics are at the school. I'm going to take all my trips and I'm not planning to commit anywhere early right now."