The many ways UCLA can use new commit Stephen Johnson III
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The myriad ways UCLA can use new double-threat commit Stephen Johnson III

7/10/14 in NCAAF   |   JoeKukura   |   491 respect

Blog Photo - The many ways UCLA can use new commit Stephen Jackson III2014 is shaping up to be a heck of a season year for UCLA Bruins football, but suddenly so is 2015. UCLA nabbed a commitment from San Leandro's Stephen Johnson III this week. a dual-threat player being groomed for wide receiver and defensive back. Johnson had four teams in the PAC-12 chasing his commitment (the Bruins, Oregon, ASU and Cal), and is rated a three-star recruit by most recruiting services. Rivals rates Johnson the No. 33 athlete in the Class of 2015, and No. 45 in their California Preseason Top 100.

You can see video of Stephen Johnson committing to UCLA courtesy ESPN.com. Rather watch a mixtape of Johnson's top high school plays, set to some underground UK hip hop? Check out the 2013 Stephen Johnson Football Highlight Video below, but be warned he plays quarterback through most of the video.



When asked by ESPN what position he'd play at UCLA, Johnson teased at a few possibilities. "As a slot receiver-slash-DB," he said. "I plan to play kick returner as well".

Blog Photo - The many ways UCLA can use new commit Stephen Jackson IIIJohnson is probably going to play kick returner in 2015. He joins a formidable UCLA roster as a player whose natural position is yet undetermined. Special teams are his best opportunity for making it onfield as a freshman.

It's impossible to project whether Johnson fits better at receiver of defensive back before the UCLA staff has had a chance to coach him up to either position. The young man has only played quarterback at San Leandro, and will do so again this season.

But the UCLA staff might let him try both offensive and defensive positions, giving him a chance to be a chip off the old Miles Jack phenomenon.

"I really like the coaching staff and the academic aspect," Johnson told 247Sports. "All of the coaches, Yarbs (Eric Yarber), Meat (Demetrice Martin) and (Jim) Mora made me a priority."

For an athlete who projects to multiple positions, that coaching may be critical.

 
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