Fresno (Calif.) Central East four-star cornerback Jaylon Johnson originally planned to announce his commitment at the U.S. Army All-American game, but he decided to bump up his announcement before senior night, choosing the University of Utah! He picked Utah over offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and USC among others. Johnson is the No. 73 overall player in the 2017 class, the No. 9 cornerback, and the No. 9 player in the state of California according to the 247Sports Composite. He is Nike+ verified 6’ 1”, 177 pounds and runs a 4.55 40-yard dash. He is the highest rated high school commit ever for Utah.
This is an absolutely huge get for the Utes. Cornerback is a big need in this class, with cornerbacks Brian Allen, Domo Hatfield, Reggie Porter, and Justin Thomas all seniors. Johnson will likely be in competition for playing time right away. Winning a recruiting battle over the likes of USC for a California prospect show how far the Utes have come. Having the most wins of any Pac-12 team since the start of the 2014 season certainly helps, as does wins over both UCLA and USC this year. The timing of this announcement comes less than 12 hours before ESPN College GameDay will broadcast live from Presidents Circle at the University of Utah.
Here are junior year highlights of Johnson curtesy of Hudl.