Broncos land SoCal DL Jaylen Johnson

DE Jaylen Johnson

Corona (Calif.) Centennial defensive end Jaylen Johnson took an official visit to Oregon over the weekend and decided to make his decision Monday morning. The surprise however was he didn't commit to the Ducks.

Jaylen Johnson has been consistent since last spring in saying Boise State was his leader. Even when offers came in from schools like Notre Dame, Oregon and USC, Johnson never wavered in listing the Broncos at the top of his board and the athlete decided to pull the trigger and commit this morning.

"He liked Oregon but just felt Boise State was the best fit for him," Husky coach Matt Logan said. "He's a very mature kid and made a mature decision. He took a visit to Boise State over the summer and just really felt comfortable there. Oregon is not an easy school to say no but for Jaylen, I think it came down to where he felt like he fit in the best and that was at Boise State."

Johnson will take his official visit to Boise State later this month (Sept. 28). We caught up with Johnson at his game this past Friday before leaving for his visit to Oregon and he made no secret that the Broncos were the team to beat.

"Boise State was one of the first schools to offer me and has been recruiting me harder than anyone from day one," Johnson said last Friday. "Ever since the spring, that's the school that I've talked with the most and when I visited in the summer, it felt like home for me.

"That's what I'm looking for more than anything- a place that feels like home and a place where I'm comfortable with the players and coaches. I think after this visit to Oregon tomorrow, I'll have a good idea of where I'll be playing my college ball."

Turns out Johnson didn't even need to wait to take his official visit to Boise to figure out what college was best for him. This is definitely a huge pickup for the Broncos as they beat out several national heavyweights for Johnson. He has been playing middle linebacker this season but projects as a defensive end or outside linebacker in a 3-4 type scheme.

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 16 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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