Justin Johnson

East No. 8 OT Justin Johnson talks Maryland Visit, Oregon offer

Philadelphia Imhotep offensive tackle Justin Johnson discusses a visit to Maryland and an offer from Oregon.

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Philadelphia Imhotep offensive tackle Justin Johnson released a top eight recently, but as many prospects learn going through the process, just when recruiting appears to crystallize, more schools join the fray.

Fresh off a weekend trip to Maryland and Virginia, Johnson received an offer from Oregon.

"I want coaches that are looking to develop me as a player and a person," Johnson said. "That’s really big for me and my family. They don’t want to just send me a football factory. They want me to go to the best place academically while playing good football."


Johnson's original top eight consisted of Maryland, Virginia, Boston CollegeMichigan StatePittsburgh, Temple, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin, but changes could be coming.

The Oregon offer was actually months in the making, and began with Alabama.

Ducks offensive line coach Mario Cristobal recruited the northeast for the Crimson Tide, and knew Johnson then.

"It surprised me," Johnson said of the offer. "Coach Cristobal followed me when he was at Alabama, before he went to play in the national championship against Clemson. I was an underclassmen so I couldn’t really talk to him.

"He got settled in at Oregon and he reached out to me on twitter. We were talking over the course of a week and then he said he wanted to get on phone with me. We got on the phone and talked for about 20 minutes, and he let me know. We had a conversation about family, and the importance of offensive lineman to the program."

Johnson knows very little about Oregon, but he is knows plenty about Cristobal.

"He’s one of the top offensive line coaches in college football," he said. "His priority is I get out there as soon as possible. It’s something I‘ve been discussing the last few days now."

Meanwhile, as Johnson sorts through his list of schools, the visit to Maryland elevated the program on his list.

"I spent a lot of time with coach (D.J.) Durkin and (assistant) coach Anthony Tucker and (offensive line) coach (Tyler) Bowen," Johnson said. "We saw the facilities and enjoyed the tour. I feel like I saw most of it."

And did Johnson feel like a priority coming off the trip?

"Yes. Coach Durkin expressed it to me," Johnson said. "He said I was important. They don’t have (many) true offensive tackles there, and that is what they want. They want me to help their program. They want big-bodied offensive tackles."

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