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Pendleton DL, USC target Brad Johnson not close to decision

'Great explosiveness' a trademark of USC target Brad Johnson

Pendleton High defender Brad Johnson is being heavily recruited by South Carolina for the 2017 class.
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Pendleton High defender Brad Johnson is being heavily recruited by South Carolina for the 2017 class.

While many major prospects seek to complete their recruiting by the start of the season, not so Pendleton DE Brad Johnson. He's well off from a decision according to his coach Paul Sutherland and will take official visits this fall before settling on his destination.

"It may be five, it may be fewer than that," said Sutherland, who added that Johnson and his mother will decide on the trips. He said likely possibilities now include Notre Dame, Michigan State, Virginia Tech, Tennessee and Mississippi State. Texas A&M also is a possibility.

Johnson is coming off a visit to USC last Saturday, one of several visits he's taken with the Gamecocks, and his coach said it will be up to him to decide if he wants to spend an official visit with them.

"He went Saturday and enjoyed himself, and so that will be up to him," Sutherland said. "That's kind of up in the air right now. He said it (Saturday's visit) couldn't have gone any better. His mom went, his two brothers went. They had a great time being around the players."

Sutherland said he does not allow his players to visit other schools after they make a commitment and that's why Johnson is going to hold off on doing so until he makes those trips. Johnson was not able to get on some campuses this summer because of health issues with his mother.

Michigan State and Notre Dame are the two visits Johnson definitely wants to take this fall.

"Those are the two big ones he really wants to see," Sutherland said. "They are very interested in him."

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