Back in February, Rahyme Johnson (pronounced “Raheem”) announced his decision to transfer from UCLA. In his announcement, he thanked Scott White, who was the longtime UCLA linebackers coach that recruited Johnson.
Today, he made it official that he’s transferring to San José State.
Johnson, a 6’4″ 230-pound linebacker, had a four-star rating out of Bishop Mora Salesian High School in Los Angeles and signed with UCLA in 2017. Johnson played a total of eight games in two years, mostly off the bench and on special teams. He was born in Jamaica and grew up in the Southern Los Angeles neighborhood of Leimert Park.
Jim Mora, the head coach whom Johnson originally signed with at UCLA, was fired in November 2017 and replaced with Chip Kelly. White, who was Johnson’s original position coach was not retained on Kelly’s staff and spent the 2018 season as a staff analyst at San José State before being promoted to linebackers coach this offseason.
The Spartans now have two Power Five Conference transfers in the class of 2019. Due to NCAA transfer rules, Johnson will redshirt the 2019 season and have two years of eligibility remaining. The other transfer is former Minnesota Golden Gopher offensive guard Quinn Oseland. Oseland is immediately eligible as a graduate transfer for his final year of eligibility.