Do a Trio of Schools have the Lead?

Kentucky star Micah Johnson is in the running to be named top overall player in the country when the Scout.com rankings are released later this month. He has a list of suitors about a mile long but he already knows of three schools who will definitely make his top 5. Who's still in the running and who might have the early advantage?

"Right now I'm trying to narrow it down but I have Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, Auburn, Virginia, Oklahoma, Alabama and Michigan State. Those are really basically it. That's not in any order and another college could still move in, but that's my rough view of things," Micah Johnson said.

Micah feels like he's close to trimming his list.

"I think I'm pretty close to getting a top 5. Another sit down with my coach and parents then a discussion with the recruiters and I can get it down after that. I know Michigan, Georgia and Ohio State will definitely make my top 5 though. I really talk with their coaches more than the others and I feel extremely comfortable with their staffs. They've spoken to my family and I know they like them as well."

What stands out about the Wolverines, Dawgs and Buckeyes individually?

Michigan: "Their tradition is just outstanding and I have a good opportunity at playing time."

Georgia: "It's basically the same thing but opportunities are really outrageous right now as far as playing time goes at Georgia. They've lost a few linebackers due to a couple things."

Ohio State: "That's one of the premier linebacker schools and they may lose three All-American linebackers after this year."

From his comments about linebackers above, one would be led to believe that Johnson is leaning towards playing that position in college. Is that the case?

"I'm probably leaning to linebacker because more schools really want me there and there seems to be a big need for that right now. I'm still being recruited at running back by teams like Michigan State and Louisville though."

The Bluegrass star has continued to work hard this off-season.

"I'm at 253 right now and I'm looking to get down to 245 real soon. I can't really see myself playing defensive line and as of now nobody is recruiting me there. I plan to keep my weight down.

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