In-State Prospect Nearing Offer?

With the season now over, it's time for the Blue Devil coaching staff to re-evaluate and move forward on the recruiting trail. To that end several prospects are vying for the final few spots in the class of 2011 including one of the more productive players in North Carolina.

"Right now we are 13-1 and will be playing next Friday in the Regional finals," said Raleigh (N.C.) Panther Creek standout Isaiah Johnson. "After the season is over I'm going to sit down and really get into my recruiting."

So far the 6-foot-1, 190 pound prospect has received an offer from Navy, but has several schools that appear to be on the brink of pulling the trigger and matching the Midshipmen.

"Right now Arizona State, Maryland, Duke, East Carolina, NC State, Middle Tennessee State, Central Michigan, and Towson have all been in contact. Navy is my only offer, but each of the other schools have told me they really like what I am doing and will be in touch after their seasons."

And with Duke's season now over, it appears as though the Blue Devils are living up to their word.

"Coach Middleton is my recruiting coach and he told me they wanted to see my updated film once their season was over. They are recruiting me to come in and play safety, and they think I could come in and play early. He said once they see my film, they would be able to offer. With the way Duke plays and the coverage schemes they use, I think I'd fit in well there."

The Blue Devils may very well agree given Johnson's production this season for Panther Creek. Through 14 games he's played on both sides of the ball and has produced 7 interceptions (two returned for TDs), 1 sack, four pass deflections, 1 fumble recovery, 222 interception return yards, and 38 tackles. On the offensive side he's scored 13 touchdowns as a receiver and has 42 catches for 637 yards.

Statistics aside, Johnson isn't focused on individual accomplishments

"I guess the best moment of my season was our victory over our rivals, Fuquay-Varina for the second time this season. We won in the second round of the playoffs. Overally my senior year has been great and I've really bonded with my coaches and teammates. I've been able to make a lot of friends and mentor the young guys as well."

Johnson reports a personal best 40 time of 4.57 and weight room numbers of 265 (bench) and 360 (squat).

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