Oliver Johnson joked with friends that if Arizona State offered him during his weekend visit that he would commit but little did the Woodland Hills (Calif.) Pierce C.C. cornerback know that it would become a reality.
Johnson, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound prospect, was so enamored by his visit with the Sun Devils that soon after returning home he decided to make his pledge.
"I always wanted to play in the Pac-10 and I realized that some schools are going to offer me sooner rather than later," Johnson said. "My coach talked to Arizona State a couple times and they were really interested in me. When I went on that trip I really didn't know that Arizona State had all that to offer. I loved it.
"I kept thinking about it on my way home (Sunday) night and I realized a lot of people want to go to UCLA or USC but I really think Arizona State has a good program and good facilities and I don't know why more people don't want to go there. I really like the coaches and the support they give."
Johnson, who had no other offers but was hearing from Oregon State, Utah and New Mexico State, talked to his mother before making his decision and got her full support so he decided to call the Arizona State coaches and make things official.
The junior college defensive back said he realizes it's an early pledge and a lot of things could happen in his recruitment but said he doesn't think he'll ever reconsider his commitment.
"I talked to my mom (Sunday) night and she told me to go where I'm happy," Johnson said. "I know it's an early commitment but I don't see myself second-guessing it at all.
"I had joked around with my friends saying if Arizona State offered I was going to commit. I talked about it and I didn't think they were going to offer me. I thought they were going to wait and watch some film.
"When I got home the trip really sold me and I liked everything they had there. I thought Arizona would be boring but it was a fun place."