NCF On The Trail: Jonathon Johnson

Midyear signings: California

December, 18, 2013
According to, the following players have signed with California:

Devante Downs ATH Mountlake Terrace, Wash./Mountlake Terrace
HT: 6-2 WT: 225
Positional Rank: No. 26 ATH
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (No. 212)

Jonathon Johnson DE Woodland Hills, Calif./Pierce College
HT: 6-4 WT: 260
Positional Rank: No. 8 DE Juco
Stars: 3

Sam Atoe S Santa Rosa, Calif./College of San Mateo
HT: 6-0 WT: 205
Positional Rank: No. 10 S Juco
Stars: 3

David Davis DT Palos Verdes Estates, Calif./Long Beach City College
HT: 6-2 WT: 295
Positional Rank: N/A Juco
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Trevor Kelly South San Francisco, Calif./College of San Mateo
HT: 6-3 WT: 305
Positional Rank: N/A Juco
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Sun Devils land ESPN JC 50 DE 

December, 16, 2013
The booms keep coming for Arizona State in the 2014 recruiting class.

On Monday, the Sun Devils added another passenger to the Boom Bus -- the term Arizona State coaches are using for this Sun Devils' recruiting class -- in the form of ESPN JC 50 defensive end Edmond Boateng (Roswell, N.M./New Mexico Military Institute).

ASU grabs another ESPN 300 recruit

December, 13, 2013
Arizona State continued its march toward the top of the Pac-12 recruiting rankings, landing ESPN 300 defensive tackle Tashon Smallwood (Fresno, Calif./Central East).

Smallwood gave his verbal commitment to the Arizona State coaches during an in-home visit Wednesday.

Smallwood, the nation's No. 240 overall prospect, gives Arizona State six ESPN 300 prospects and is the second former USC commit to pledge to the Sun Devils, joining ESPN 300 linebacker D.J. Calhoun (El Cerrito, Calif./El Cerrito).

After decommitting from USC earlier this fall, there was little doubt Smallwood would wind up in Tempe, though he also looked at Alabama and Oklahoma -- and took an official visit to see the Sooners. Smallwood and his father consistently mentioned Arizona State's standout defensive tackle Will Sutton and believed the 6-foot, 290-pound Smallwood could replicate Sutton's production in the desert.

The Sun Devils now have 21 commitments in the 2014 class, and have put together some significant momentum in December. Smallwood's commitment came just one day after a pledge from three-star athlete Kalen Ballage (Peyton, Colo./Falcon). Four-star running back Demario Richard (Palmdale, Calif./Palmdale) and three-star juco defensive end Jonathon Johnson (Woodland Hills, Calif./Pierce College) also committed to Arizona State earlier this month.

While plenty of credit for Smallwood's commitment goes to the Arizona State coaches, a hat tip must again be given to quarterback commit Manny Wilkins (Novato, Calif./San Marin), who has established himself as one of the top recruiters in this class.

Big Ten recruiting storylines: Dec. 12 

December, 12, 2013
This is the last week before a dead period, which means coaches will be hosting important targets and visiting as many schools as they can.

There is plenty to discuss within the Big Ten, so here is a look at this week’s storylines.

Waiting for Raekwon

The No. 12 ranked prospect in the country, linebacker Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County), is scheduled to annouce his decision Dec. 16.

The No. 1 ranked linebacker has Ohio State in his top three with Alabama and Clemson and will receive an in-home visit from the Buckeyes’ coaching staff.

The interesting part about this is there are plenty of rumors swiring around Alabama coach Nick Saban and Texas. Those rumors have likely made their way to McMillan. Whether they impact his decision, or not, is a question that remains.

Booth picking up interest

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