Deep Snapper Added to 2006 Signing Class

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    BYU Communications

    BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall announced Wednesday, Mar. 28, 2006, that Matthew Johnson has signed a National Letter of Intent to play football for the Cougars beginning with the 2006 season.

    Mendenhall said Johnson was signed to fill and important role for the Cougars.

    ?We have an immediate need on special teams,? he said. ?As we evaluated our special teams, we determined it was important to find an experienced deep snapper. Matthew will help us fill that need.?

    Johnson, a 6-foot-0, 245-pound deep snapper comes to BYU from Citrus JC in Glendora, Calif., where he was a two-time all-conference defensive lineman and was voted the team?s most outstanding defensive player.

    Prior to his career at Citrus JC, Johnson was a three-year letterwinner at West Covina HS in West Covina, Calif. Johnson was a three-time all-league defensive lineman. He also earned team MVP honors. As a senior, Johnson was named an All-San Gabriel Valley defensive lineman.

    He also earned three varsity letters in track and four letters in wrestling. Johnson was the CIF heavyweight wrestling champion and a two-time league shotput champion.

    Johnson was recruited by Fresno State, Colorado State, South Dakota State and Azusa Pacific University. Entering his junior season, Johnson will join the Cougars for Fall Camp.

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