USD announced the signing of junior college linebacker Auston Johnson on Thursday. Johnson, 6-1, 237, was a three-star recruit who, according to Rivals.com, had been offered by several major colleges including Texas A&M and BYU.
"He’s a very good player," USD coach Joe Glenn said Thursday. "He just finished his AA degree, which he had to complete before he got a scholarship. He had a really good career at El Camino and in high school. He can do about a 4.6, so he can run — we think we got one with this kid."
Johnson father is Alondra Johnson, who played 16 years in the CFL and is in the CFL Hall of Fame.
The Coyotes are also expected to announce the signing of Jarrid Bryant, an Arizona State cornerback who has one year of eligibility remaining. Bryant, 6-4, 186, would appear to have immediate starter credentials. He began as a wide receiver at ASU.
"He got got log-jammed — it can happen," Glenn said. "He’s a tall kid who can run fast. He doesn’t have a ton of experience but when you’re 6-4, you can make up for some mistakes. We’ve watched some of his film from ASU practices — he was covering some pretty talented guys."
Glenn also said that linebacker Reggie Johnson was leaving the program. Johnson, a Tampa native, arrived at USD as a two-start recruit but injuries slowed his progress both as a redshirt and again in his second year in the program.