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Four-Star All-American Jaylon Johnson Considers Numerous Offers

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Jaylon Johnson receives jersey No. 17 from American Army representatives.

Jaylon Johnson receives jersey No. 17 from American Army representatives.

Photo By: Summer Olivas

Photo By: Summer Olivas

Jaylon Johnson receives jersey No. 17 from American Army representatives.

Summer Olivas, Staff Writer

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Central’s very own Four-Star football player Jaylon Johnson recently received 18 official Division 1 offers. He has played on the varsity team since the end of his freshman year and has been starting wide receiver and cornerback for the past three years. The 6-foot-2 athlete is rated one of the top ten defensive backs in the country and number 2 in the state of California. During Johnson’s first 9 games of his senior season, he has had 2 interceptions, 4 returns for 4 touchdowns, with 0 catches allowed and 17 solo tackles.

This past spring Jaylon attended Nike + Football The Opening Regionals Camp and got opened with 6 others which moved on participate in The Opening Rating Day on July 11th in Oregon. On Rating Day Johnson ran a 4.47 in the 40-meter dash, registered a 4.00 in the shuttle and posted a 38-inch vertical. With that, Jaylon moved on into Nike + Football The Opening 7 on 7 Finals on July 12th and 13th which was televised nationally on ESPN where he competed against the best of the best in the nation.

Each year the U.S. Army Football All-American Selection Committee nominates the top 400 senior athletes in the nation and selects the top 90 to compete in an All-American, East coast vs. West coast game that is nationally televised on NBC and across the world to soldiers deployed overseas in the U.S. Army. This bowl features the most elite football players and a total of 330 Army All Americans have been selected in the NFL Draft thus far. By joining, Johnson will be amongst NFL greats such as Andrew Luck, Odell Beckham Jr., Jamaal Charles, Patrick Peterson and Ezekiel Elliott.

Johnson’s recruiting process is now closed as of October 28, 2016 but he has verbally committed to the Utes on his senior night with cardboard cutouts spelling #1-U-T-A-H. “The University of Utah had quite a bit to offer, including a great reliable coaching staff, a fantastic student-athlete support system, and it’s known for having one of the biggest business programs in the pack 12,” says Johnson.

In early October Jaylon narrowed his choices down to the top five schools which were USC, Oklahoma, Utah, Tennessee and Oregon State but he explains,  “Utah is guaranteeing me a spot on the field  my freshmen year, and other schools weren’t.”

Jaylon originally planned on announcing his commitment on February 1, 2017, but during the offseason, Johnson tore a labrum in his left shoulder and was playing with a wrapped arm. Johnson had to cut his senior season short with a surgery scheduled for November 2, 2016. “It had a lot to do with timing. Recovery time can be range anywhere from the next four to six months.  I want to at least train some before I head out,” explained Johnson.

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