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Family's move key to Johnson's development

DT Travis Johnson's family moved him away from South Central L.A. – before the gangs could successfully recruit him.

Updated: April 13, 2005, 12:12 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Long before he was courted by every major football program in the country, pursued in particular by the Pac-10 schools close to his home, Travis Johnson was being recruited by the gangs that ruled his neighborhood.

The biggest kid on his block, towering over his schoolboy friends even in his early teens, Johnson was a prime target of the Bloods in the once-notorious South Central section of Los Angeles. You think some college coaches can break out the hard sell for a player they covet? Johnson ...

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