Four Standing Out for Minnesota QB

For many high school football players, the recruiting process is bringing them one step closer to playing at the next level. For this reason, 2014 St. Paul (MN) quarterback Ricardo Johnson III is taking it very seriously. Although he's still a sophomore, Johnson is traveling around the country to visit his potential college destinations. Johnson is beginning to narrow down some of his options.

"I spoke with Tennessee and LSU on Sunday. So far I've visited Cal, Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern and Notre Dame," Ricardo Johnson III said.

Right now, Johnson already has a few schools in mind.

"Cal, Michigan, Miami and LSU are standing out in no particular order," he said.

Although it is early, Johnson has developed criteria to evaluate his favorite schools.

"My family places a very strong emphasis on academics so my primary interest is based on the fact that these schools are great educational institutions and they have awesome football programs. The other reason is that I have had the benefit of being close friends with a lot of college and pro athletes all of whom have said focus on the schools that focus on you. These schools have shown me a lot of love and considering I'm still a sophomore that means a lot to me," he said.

"It is my goal to pick a school early so I can begin to study their offense and start as a true freshman. That means I have to find a school where I can get a great education and that has personnel and an offense that matches up favorably with what I bring to the table," he added.

For now, Johnson has not heard much from the University of Florida.

"Unfortunately, I haven't heard from Florida. When they switched to a pro style offense I really hoped that they might have some interest in me, but so far nothing," he said.

Admittedly, Johnson is still interested in Florida.

"Florida's academics are great, the program is nationally respected, and [Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease] loves to throw all over the yard and so do I. Plus, it's the Swamp. Who wouldn't want to bring those fans to their feet with a touchdown? I'm friends with Alex Brown and he's been telling me to go to Florida since I was in fourth grade," he said.

As time goes on, Johnson will continue to analyze his options. In the end, the talented quarterback will take the time to make an educated decision. One thing is certain, Johnson is not afraid of working hard to earn a starting spot at the next level.

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