"I'm not going to lie," 2013 CB Jonathan Johnson said of his visit to Indiana University. "It was really good."
Johnson spent the day at Indiana and was able to interact with the Hoosiers before preseason football practice. "Right when I got there, they were getting ready to [take the field]," Johnson explained. "I was able to talk to a couple of players about the school and the team. I spent some time with the guys in the locker room; it was great."
Although Johnson's time was limited with the coaching staff and team, he was able to gauge their interest in his game. "They talked to me about the situation they'd put me in if I got there," he said. "They talked to me about my personal life and about what I'd be doing on a daily basis.
"I really loved it," Johnson admitted. "[The coaches] want to see more film. They want to see my first two games this fall."
Johnson will take the field as a senior at Jireh Prep (NC) after transferring from Wilbraham and Monson Academy (MA) this summer. Johnson's plans in the early summer months included a transfer to The Webb School (TN), but has found a better fit with his family in North Carolina.
Johnson's mother visited Indiana as well. "My mom loved it," he said. "It's only three hours from home now. A lot of my friends and family could come see me there."
While Johnson's goal is to play big-time college football, he understands that a commitment to Indiana means a commitment to a school known first for its basketball program.
"The football stadium is great...it's really nice," Johnson said. "They are really turning the program around. Indiana went 1-9 last year, so they're starting over to get the football program where the basketball program is. They use the success of the basketball team in football recruiting, much like Kentucky."
The rising senior plans to take college visits throughout his season this fall. "I have been talking to my new coach about taking visits," he said. "I'll be in North Carolina now, but most of the teams recruiting me are in the midwest. I'm going to try to get to a few games.
"I want to make a decision on my birthday, December 16th," Johnson said of his college football dreams. "I know it's a lifetime decision. Two years ago, I would have never imagined playing college football. Now, getting recruited, I know it's real."