Arizona Football

Arizona flips three-star DE from UCLA commitment

My-King Johnson as a senior vs. Catalina Foothills. (Photo courtesy of Matt Moreno,

Much of Arizona’s recent recruiting news hasn’t been of the positive variety (see, Burmeister, Braxton).

But the Wildcats did add a scholarship kicker Sunday night — Lucas Havrisik from Norco, Calif. — and they flipped in-state defensive end My-King Johnson from UCLA on Monday. Johnson, from Tempe High School, is a three-star recruit at a position of need for Arizona.

Johnson held reported offers from Oregon, Arizona State, Texas A&M and USC, among others. This is a very nice get for Arizona at this stage of the recruiting season.

Arizona now has commitments from two of the top defensive ends in the state, including Jalen Harris from Mesa Desert Ridge. Harris is rated the No. 6 overall prospect in the state by the 247Sports Composite, while Johnson is No. 20.

The trick will be hanging on to Harris, who has picked up other later offers, including one from Notre Dame.

Johnson (6-4, 225) recorded 14.5 sacks as a sophomore and 22 as a junior. He had 21.5 sacks this season, earning All-Arizona honors from the Arizona Republic.

Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez certainly has respect for Johnson, whose team played against Catalina Foothills this season. You can see in the video clip below what Johnson does to Rodriguez’s quarterback son, Rhett, who will be signing with UA on Feb. 1.

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