Johnson talks FSU official

Florissant (Mo.) Hazelwood Central 2014 4-star offensive tackle Roderick Johnson took his first official visit to Tallahassee to see Florida State last weekend. Johnson has offers from more than 15 schools including Alabama, Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Wisconsin. He has narrowed his list to Florida State and Ohio State.

Johnson really enjoyed his visit to Tallahassee even though head coach Jimbo Fisher wasn't there for most of the trip.

"I spoke to coach Fisher before I left on Sunday," Johnson said. "He apologized for not being there, but I understood that he was at the Heisman ceremony."

Johnson was hosted by Giorgio Newberry and he hung out with a lot of the offensive and defensive lineman.

"I really enjoyed hanging out with the players, and getting a feel for the campus," Johnson said. "I had been to Florida State before. Back in the summer and I really liked the campus then. It refreshed my memory of how nice it is down there." Johnson made the trip down with his father and his brother.

"My dad really enjoyed the visit," Johnson said. "He said it was really nice."

Johnson got to spend some time with offensive line coach Rick Trickett every day he was there. "I talked to coach Trickett every day," Johnson said. "It was great being able to shake his hand. He just told me how Florida State is scarce on lineman and how much they would love to have me in the program."

Johnson had a chance to check out the academic side of Florida State as well.

"I want to major in computer science and I got a chance to talk to the advisors for that," Johnson said. "I am looking for a school that has great academics, a great football program, and a place where I can prepare for life after football."

Johnson doesn't believe distance will play a factor.

"My family will be fine with whatever school I choose," Johnson said. "Whatever school suits me the most. They are behind me one hundred percent." The 6-foot-6, 320-pound Johnson doesn't have any other visits planned, but says that he might take a visit to see Ohio State. Johnson is the No. 8 offensive tackle and the No. 75 recruit overall in the 2014 Scout 300. Johnson did not name a time table for his commitment.


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