Ramone Johnson: Total Smashmouth

After the Chicago Tribune reported that Ramone Johnson had already decided to attend college at USC, Scout.com's Allen Wallace caught up with the OL from Morgan Park to get the latest on his recruitment. See who his top five teams are, and what he thinks about each of them in this update from IlliniBoard.com.

Chicago (Ill.) offensive lineman Ramone Johnson (6-4, 315, 5.0) says his top five schools are Illinois, Nebraska, USC, Tennessee and Minnesota. All have offered but the Trojans.

"I'm pretty open with all of these schools right now," said Johnson, from Morgan Park High School.

"I'd like to take all five of my official visits to those five schools. I haven't set any up yet though, but I've been talking about it with my coaches. I'll probably end up taking some official visits after the season.

"The program at Illinois is cool and I like the coaching staff there. It's really excellent because they're close and what not, but I don't want to go anywhere that's really close to home for college. I am close with their staff, I have a lot of friends that go there and I really like their facilities," he said.

"I don't know too much about Nebraska except for the fact that they're a good team and I've spoke with coach (Bill) Callahan a couple of times.

"I was out visiting my grandfather this past summer and he lives in Santa Clarita Valley, which is just outside of L.A. On that visit I decided to stop by USC and see what they were all about. They are the last school that I was in contact with. The coaches there told me that they've got an offer on the table for me, but they just want me to score a 19 on my ACT. They seemed to like me and I really like them and the campus there a lot. I also really like the hot weather there," he said.

"I like the linemen that Tennessee produces. We just had a Morgan Park alumni graduate from there and get drafted to the Tennessee Titans (DE Carlton Neal).

"Minnesota is the one school that I think is recruiting me the hardest. I like the running offense there because it will give me a better chance to get to the League as a really good run blocker. I'm a total smashmouth football player and I can really see myself as part of their running offense," said Johnson.

Johnson said he did not make it to camps and his only unofficial this past summer was to USC.

"I move pretty fast for a big guy and I'll keep on blocking until the whistle blows. I just want to work on getting quicker."

Final JR (12-1) stats: 52 pancakes

Bench: 365/Squat: 550/Power Clean: 205x5


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