Nico Johnson is rated as the number 2 middle linebacker in the nation by Scout.com. While he missed some time his junior year due to a partial MCL tear, we was able to amass 80 tackles on the season. As a sophomore the standout linebacker had an impressive 113 solo tackles. The back-to-back All-State prospect has received offers from 13 schools, the latest being from Florida State and Nebraska. He said, "I have offers from USC, North Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, Auburn, Alabama, LSU, FSU and Nebraska. This recruiting thing has been going alright. It's good to get the recognition, and when it is time to make a decision I already have great schools to pick from."
While Florida State is just getting into the game with Johnson, it is a school that he is looking at right now. He says he doesn't know too much about them, but is very familiar with the linebacking tradition the Seminoles have. "I'm looking at them in kind of a way. I want to get to know the program a little more. I really don't know too much about them. I know they've had a lot of good linebackers in the past. I don't know a lot about the program as a whole, though, I got the offer in the mail, and as of now I haven't had the chance to speak to any of the coaches." said Johnson.
Nico told NoleDigest that he didn't have a favorite as a child, but he grew up just a fan of the game. He stated that he is pretty wide open and is looking at each school that has extended an offer to him. He said, "Really, I have no idea when I'll make any kind of decision, as I am just looking at all the schools that have offered. I am pretty wide open to this whole process and will probably make all 5 officials."
At 6'3" and 232 pounds, Johnson is bigger than most linebackers on the high school level. With the frame to add more weight, there is a possibility that he could put his hand down on the college level. If it is up to Nico, he wants to stay at linebacker on the next level. "I'm 6'3" 232. I want to stay at LB in college, so I hope not about the move to end, but wherever the coaches put me I'll play. I Play Mike now and that's what I want to play in college. I'll probably get bigger though, so we will see," stated Johnson.
Nico want to continue to work on his footwork and how he uses his hands. He hopes that as he attends camps and such this summer, he will keep getting better. At this time he knows of 3 camps he is attending, and he thinks he will be going to more. "I know I am going to camp at USC, LSU and Florida," said Johnson. "After that I don't even know, but I'll probably go to more camps."
At this time it seems that Florida State is just getting involved with this big-time linebacker. As he learns more about the program, there is a chance the Seminoles will become a bigger player for Nico. As long as he visits, it seems as thought the Noles have as good a chance as the others for the wide-open recruit. Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Nico and the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.