Bear Creek athlete Olabisi Johnson committed to Colorado State to play football on Friday night, according to various reports.
"They’re a really cool coaching staff, and I know they’re turning the program around up there," Johnson told the Coloradoan.
He is the first in-stater from the class of 2015 to commit to CSU. Colorado has three in-state commits so far this cycle: Rocky Mountain's Alex Kinney, Regis Jesuit's Tim Lynott and Pomona's Dillon Middlemiss.
Johnson becomes the seventh in-state commit from the class. Gateway's Kevin Prosser is headed to Wyoming, and Nebraska has two defensive backs in Pine Creek's Avery Anderson and Valor Christian's Eric Lee.
Johnson is the reigning champion in the Class 5A 110-meter hurdles, winning in 14.34. He also finished seventh in the 300 hurdles, and was tenth in the pole vault. And he was a finalist for both hurdle events as a sophomore.
It all adds up to one thing: Johnson is a well-rounded athlete — with some speed. He lists his 40-yard dash time as 4.46 seconds on his Hudl profile.
Johnson played receiver and defensive back for the Bears last season. He caught 19 passes for 219 yards and three touchdowns, and also had a rushing touchdown. On defense, he made 68 tackles, and had one interception and forced a fumble.
He was also Bear Creek's returner, and returned two kickoffs for scores: one for 93 yards against Green Mountain, another for 96 against Chatfield.
Johnson told GoldandGreenNews.com that the Rams were recruiting him as a receiver.
"They like my speed and also they say they can see me at like a safety or something because they like my aggressiveness on the field," Johnson told the site.
He picked CSU over an offer from Army, according to his Rivals profile. Cornell, Wyoming and Yale were also showing interest.
Johnson will join 2012 Bear Creek grad Jake Bennett, an offensive lineman, at Colorado State.
Bear Creek went 3-7 in its second year under coach Zach Morris last season.