Washington lands DE Jaylen Johnson
DL Jaylen Johnson
DL Jaylen Johnson
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Jan 29, 2014
Greg Biggins, National Recruting Analyst


Corona (Calif.) Centennial defensive end Jaylen Johnson was an early commitment to Boise State but opened things up when former coach Chris Petersen moved over to Washington. Tuesday night, the athlete made his decision.

Jaylen Johnson committed last September to Boise State just a few days after taking an official visit to Oregon. His commitment looked rock solid all year but things changed when former coach Chris Petersen took the head job at Washington.

Johnson took official visits to UW and California the past two weekends but committed to the Huskies on Tuesday.

“He really liked the coaching staff a lot,” Centennial coach Matt Logan said. “That was a big reason why he committed to Boise State, he liked Coach Pete a lot and the rest of the staff and the majority of them are now at Washington.

“He felt very comfortable at the school on his visit, he really liked the campus and the area. He liked the academic reputation as well as the football program. I think the main thing was just his comfort level. Jaylen felt comfortable with the staff and knows he’ll be taken care of and that was enough for him.”

Johnson played middle linebacker for Centennial this past season although his natural position is at defensive end. He made the move for depth purposes as the team was deep along the line but graduated all their ‘backers the year before.

Johnson has a very good frame at about 6-3, 240 pounds, runs well and is very physical. He’s a tough kid with a motor and is a great leader. When you combine his physical tools with his work ethic off the field, he has a chance to be a difference maker for the Huskies early in his career.

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for almost 20 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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