Justin Johnson

Philadelphia OT Justin Johnson discussses Big Ten, ACC interests

Philadelphia Imhotep offensive tackle Justin Johnson talks about his ACC and Big Ten visits.

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Justin Johnson already has a healthy offer list and he is working his way through a bunch of schools in the East, but the No. 1 offensive tackle in Pennsylvania is playing his recruitment slow.

The Philadelphia Imhotep standout already made trips to Boston CollegeRutgers and Syracuse, and he is speaking regularly with plenty of other schools.

"VanderbiltWisconsinBoston College and Pittsburgh reach out to me a lot," Johnson said. "Also Maryland and Virginia talk to me a lot. It usually starts with a simple hello, and then how the week has been going, and we talk about what we do during the week and sometimes we just talk about football. I'll talk about how school is going, and they talk about how they like how I'm handling different things in school."


The 6-foot-7, 345-pound Johnson said all of the schools recruiting him "are neutral" and he has no leaders, but he is forming opinions on several of them.

His first junior day was in late January at Boston College.

"I saw pretty much everything," Johnson said. "I met with the head coach and I'm starting to build a relationship with coach (Steve) Addazio and coach Frye. All the coaches were interactive with me and making sure they talked to my family and they talked to me about what I liked at B.C."

The Rutgers visit came the following day.

"We went through the facilities," Johnson said. "We learned about the offense, but I didn't get a chance to meet with coach (Chris) Ash. I sat down with (offensive line) coach (A.J.) Blazek a few times and we talked. There were a lot of people there, but we were talking about the offense and how they run certain types of plays."

Johnson also made a visit to Syracuse, and sat down with coach Dino Babers.

"I went up there and saw the Carrier Dome, and we saw the facilities," Johnson said. "I got to speak to coach (Dino) Babers and we sat down with family and talked. We had a good conversation. (Babers) is a nice guy. He's really interactive and he seems really energetic and he talked with me and met everyone. He seemed to want to hear everyone's needs and to just listen and see what we wanted, and what he could provide for us."

Former Imhotep receiver D.J. Moore is at Maryland, but Johnson did not play with him in high school so he does not know him well. However, he knows about the Terps' other D.J., as well as offensive line coach Dave Borbely and running backs coach Anthony Tucker, who recruits Philadelphia.

"I know a good amount about Maryland," he said. "I know the tradition, what coach D.J. (Durkin) is doing down there and changing things. I know about what he's establishing there. They just went to a bowl game. It's a good program."

Another school Johnson is high on, as well as highly interested in visiting, is Wisconsin.

"Wisconsin is very prestigious and has a good tradition, a good offensive line tradition," Johnson said. "I'm interested in them. It's a real big running school. I watched them throughout the season. It's a good program, and like I said, a good tradition, especially with the position I play. I'm really interested in them."

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