BYU football just signed one of its best recruiting classes in decades. And while the dust settles from national signing day for the Class of 2022, BYU looks to the future.
One intriguing prospect is Dallin Johnson of Springville (Class of 2024).
BYU just got commitments from two of Johnson’s teammates: wide receiver and defensive back Cole Clement and defensive end Porter Small. Clement had an outstanding senior season with 41 receptions for 760 yards and nine touchdowns, and 82 tackles with 10 tackles for loss, four sacks, three forced fumbles and five interceptions. He was named to the All-State first-team. Joining him on the All-State team was Small, who had an equally impressive senior campaign. With 84 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, and 15 sacks Small was the All-Valley defensive MVP.
That’s a pretty outstanding duo for the State title runners up Springville. Both are coming to BYU as preferred walk-ons and look to make an impact.
But it’s a Springville sophomore that BYU looks to for the future. In his second season Dallin Johnson had monster numbers at the defensive tackle position. He’s such a force that BYU football offered him a scholarship last April following his freshman season. Though that was his first offer, it didn’t take him long to decide to commit to the Cougs.
I’ve been waiting my whole life to make this post and simply couldn’t wait any longer. There is no place I’d rather be, nowhere. With that being said I’m proud to announce my commitment to @BYUfootball.@DaveValeti @kanuch78 @CoachPHadley @coachtuiaki @kalanifsitake @shsrdfootball pic.twitter.com/GUOhZtifdL
— Dallin Johnson (@DallinJohnson73) June 12, 2021
Johnson is a 6-foot-4 270-pound lineman. Through his freshman and sophomore seasons Johnson has lined up at guard, center, and defensive tackle. He had a monster sophomore season. He had 69 tackles (53 solo), eight quarterback hurries, three passes defended, two forced fumbles, 12 tackles for loss, eight sacks, and two interceptions (MaxPreps). He was named to the All-State second-team as a defensive tackle.
As a freshman Johnson had 22 tackles (16 solo), with four quarterback hurries, six tackles for loss, and three sacks and was named an All-State honorable mention.
Johnson’s grandfather Brent Johnson was a kicker for BYU in the late 1970s.
Johnson is not yet rated (247Sports) and BYU was his first scholarship offer, but with the havoc he’s wreaking on both sides of the ball he most assuredly with have plenty of other schools come calling over the next two years.
I caught up with Johnson to ask him about his recruiting.
BYU Insider: Why did you choose BYU?
Johnson: This is what I’ve wanted my entire life, playing for BYU is a dream come true. I love BYU because of the coaches, culture, and how close it is to my family.
BYU Insider: What other schools were showing you love in the recruiting process?
Johnson: Notre Dame, Utah
BYU Insider: What are some of your favorites?
Johnson: Hunting, Air Jordans, Colter Wall, and Johnny Cash.
BYU Insider: What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Johnson: My dad always tells me “to stay humble and kind, and be level-headed.”
BYU Insider: Who is a current player that you seek to emulate on the field?
Johnson: David Bakhtari (OT, Green Bay Packers)