With national signing day behind us the countdown clock has begun for the 2018 class. For Tyreke Johnson his decision has been a long time coming. Scout's No. 2 cornerback and ninth-ranked player overall in the nation, picked up his first offer as an eighth-grader. Before even taking his first snap at the high school level, Johnson already held offers from LSU, Miami, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, South Florida, and Florida Atlantic.
"I feel like Mufasa surrounded by a bunch of Simbas now," said Johnson. "I always tell the young guys to take their time with recruiting and enjoy it. Take all of your visits and just live life. At the end of the day you're a kid; don't let them pressure you into anything.You're a kid so have some fun. "
Johnson is taking his own advice when it comes to his recruitment.
"I'm just out here and living life and enjoying it," he said. " I am just working on getting myself better, my team better."
Johnson has plenty of suitors to consider. Since he began his high school career, UCLA, Alabama, Georgia, Stanford, USC, Florida, Auburn, Clemson, Notre Dame and Ohio State are just some of the schools that have also extended offers to the Trinity Christian standout. With so many programs and college coaches in his ear, Johnson hopes his upcoming visits will help clear his mind.
On Friday, Johnson and his Pro-Impact 7-on-7 team took a trip down to Gainesville to check in with one of the schools, Florida.
"We had a ball," said Johnson. "It was amazing. They had a lot more to offer this time. It was just one of those things where the trip was amazing. I spoke to Chauncey [Gardner], someone who is like my cousin, my brother, and I really had a great connection with the new DB coach [Corey Bell]."
What was different about this visit? It was Johnson's introduction to new Florida assistant and new defensive back coach, Corey Bell.
"He is real," said the five-star defensive back. "He is one of those coaches that is not going to sugar coat. He was just basically being honest. He wants you and there is an opportunity to play but nothing is handed to you. It was just one of those conversations and I really respected that."
Although Bell certainly made a great first impression on the top playmaker, Johnson continues to praise his main recruiter, Gators assistant and linebackers coach, Tim Skipper.
"Coach Skip is a character; that man is a character," joked Johnson. "He just lets me talk to coach [Jim McElwain] and I get a good vibe."
Why does Florida continue to spark an interest?
"There is a lot of opportunity," said Johnson. "It's a great place to play and build your own legacy."
According to Johnson he does not have any more set visits. He is simply going with the flow when it comes to his recruiting process and focusing on his team.
"It's one of those things if I go on a visit, I go on a visit, " said Johnson. "It's just one of those things, I am preparing my team."