O-D Bowl: Mossi Johnson

Mossi Johnson

Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw athlete Mossi Johnson discusses the Offense-Defense Bowl, his UCLA commitment, and more...

Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw athlete Mossi Johnson is one of a handful of West Coast players competing in this week's Offense-Defense Bowl, held in Houston.

"It means a lot to play in this game. It means I showed myself to be one of the guys out here and for me to do this, do what I'm doing and do what I can do," he said.

Johnson, who was a bit of an under the radar player earlier in the season, helped the Cougars get to the championship game.

"The season was all right. We lost in the championship, so that was a very tough loss. It meant a lot for everybody, but our team was disappointed. We still love each other, we bonded like a family, so that's all that matters," he said.

The 6-foot, 180-pound player, a UCLA commit, is one of two future Bruins participating in this week's game.

"Caleb Benenoch and I talked a little bit. We haven't had the chance to have a full conversation yet, but he's a really nice guy. He's cool, says hello to everybody. That's the kind of guy we need at UCLA. I'm sure he's a monster on the field," he said.

An athlete who plays both receiver and cornerback, Johnson isn't quite sure as to what side of the ball he will end up on next season, but says that "everything is going well" in his relationship with the staff.

"We don't know yet where I'll be playing. I'm still an athlete on their board. I think there's a better chance I'll play defense over offense, but we'll see what happens," he said.

He does, however, know that he'll be a Bruin come Signing Day.

"That's my school. I want to stick with UCLA," he said.

He'll take his official visit on January 18th and is eager for the chance to compete for playing time as a true freshman.

"That's why I committed there. I'm committed to a team where I know I'll have a chance to play. I don't want to sit and be a person on the team; I want to make an impact. I'm not a lazy player. I want to play. I'm going to come out and play my heart out all of the time. I want to win," he said.

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