Four-star defensive lineman Matthew Johnson of Concord (CA) De La Salle announced his commitment to Oregon Friday night.
The 6-foot-5, 255 pounder chose the Ducks over USC and Miami.
“First off, the coaching staff is full of winners. They’re building a championship football team and I want to be a part of it. It’s probably one of the best facilities in all of sports. Most importantly though, they got the best players in the country over there making each other better every day. They are competing and they are all being challenged. That’s the environment I need to be in. That’s how you level up. Also my mom’s husband lives in Eugene 5 minutes from Autzen, so I have been going up there since I was like 12 aside from football. She is moving up there when I graduate anyway so it’s almost like I’m getting to leave home but I also get to take a piece of home with me.”
His relationship with the coaching staff played a role in his decision as well.
“Coach Lupoi, and Coach Tuitoti both have been to my school like 10 times. I’m gonna develop around those guys so that’s really the main thing. Everytime we talk ball or watch film I learn something knew. They coach hard, which is what I’m used to from my high school and I work well in that environment. Everybody I know who been coached by them has good things to say.”
The Golden State defensive lineman joins coach Dan Lanning and the Ducks’ top 10 2025 class. He is accompanied by four-star wide receiver Dallas Wilson, four-star quarterback KJ Smith, and others.
Matthew Johnson Recruiting Profile
Johnson ranks as the No. 337 player according to the On3 Industry Ranking, a weighted average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies. He also tabs in as the No. 37 defensive lineman and the No. 27 player in the state of California.
He currently does not have an On3 NIL Valuation publicly listed. The On3 NIL Valuation is the industry’s leading index that sets high school and college athletes’ projected annual value (PAV). The NIL valuation does not act as a tracker of the value of NIL deals an athlete has completed to date. It rather signifies an athlete’s value at a certain moment in time.