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UCLA CB John Johnson will transfer to pursue grad transfer

UCLA CB John Johnson will transfer to pursue grad transfer
Published On: Sun, Apr 09
Oct 11, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; DUPLICATE***UCLA Bruins running back Paul Perkins (24) is smothered by Oregon Ducks linebacker Rodney Hardrick (48) and linebacker Tony Washington (91) during the second half at the Rose Bowl. Oregon went on to a 42-30 win. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

The battle for UCLAs second starting cornerback lost a competitor this week as redshirt senior John Johnson will leave the program and pursue a graduate transfer opportunity, head coach Jim Mora announced Saturday.

Hes not dissatisfied or anything like that, its really a career move for him, Mora said. Its important for him to get his masters somewhere and so hes going to do that. So I wish him the best. We loved having him here, hes a great kid and we wish him the best.

Johnson, who had lined up as the starting cornerback opposite Nate Meadors in UCLAs first two spring practices, has played in 18 games during his UCLA career with 27 tackles. He is planning to graduate with a degree in political science, which would allow him to play immediately at his next school while pursuing a masters degree.

Johnson was part of UCLAs vaunted 2013 recruiting class that was ranked within the top-five in the country. The former four-star recruit from Fresno did not play for his first two years in Westwood after suffering a major shoulder injury before his freshman season. He was the No. 8 cornerback in the country, according to Scout.com, coming out of high school.

Without the experience of Johnson, the Bruins have a young secondary. Early enrollee Darnay Holmes is already working his way through spring practice with the second unit. The Bruins will also welcome four more freshman defensive backs in the fall: four-star cornerback Elijah Gates and three-star defensive backs Morrell Osling, Jaylan Shaw and Quentin Lake.

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