UCLA recruiting: Tarheel recruits new players

UCLA has joined the ranks of California teams that have taken in former Tarheels quarterback Tarheesh Johnson, the school announced Tuesday.

Johnson, a junior from the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance, was one of the top high school quarterbacks in the country, according to the 247Sports Composite, which ranks college football’s best players.

He has made six trips to the NFL Draft, and will likely be the first UCLA player to take the field for the Bruins’ spring game.

Johnson also spent time at the University of Southern California, where he was a two-time all-conference selection.

The Tarheemans were a four-time defending Big West champion and earned a spot in the College Football Playoff in 2015.

The news comes on the heels of a report that UCLA coach Jim Mora said that Johnson is the best quarterback in the state.

Johnson has yet to officially declare for the NFL draft.