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3-star Indianpolis CB D.J. Johnson earns offer during Illini visit

Three-star Indianapolis cornerback D.J. Johnson discusses his visit and offer from Illinois, as well as his meeting with Lovie Smith

D.J. Johnson made another Big Ten visit on Thursday and left Illinois with his fourth Big Ten offer.

"Great visit," Johnson said. "What stood out was just the coaches. I got a great vibe from them, and I could tell this was a place they wanted me to be."


The 6-foot-1 three-star Indianapolis North Central cornerback visited Champaign with his mother and spent a lot of time speaking with Illinois coach Lovie Smith.

"My mom and I got to sit and talk with Coach Lovie for about and hour," Johnson said. "He really wants me at Illinois and feels like I can help their program get where they are trying to go. I also got to talk a lot with (defensive coordinator) Hardy Nickerson and (cornerbacks coach Paul) Williams."

Smith then gave Johnson -- who has Big Ten offers from Indiana, Iowa and Minnesota --  the good news during their discussion.

"He was talking to me for a while and was telling me they needed and wanted me at Illinois," Johnson said. "Then he just told me he was offering me a scholarship."

Illinois set a goal when Smith arrived to make more of a presence in the Indianapolis area but did not sign an Indiana prospect in the Class of 2017. But Johnson said he is giving Illinois serious consideration.

"I like them," Johnson said. "I'll be back a couple more times soon."

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