For their game against Ball State today the Hoosiers had a number of prospects on campus for unofficial visits. One of the recruits that made his way to Bloomington to get a closer look at IU was 2018 linebacker Antwuan Johnson. Peegs.com spoke with the standout from Dayton (OH) Dunbar H.S. about his visit to Indiana.
Today was Johnson’s first trip to IU and he said the Hoosiers did a good job of showing him how much they value him as a recruit.
“This was my first time down at IU and it went well,” he said. “They made a great first impression on me. I really liked it. As soon as I got there they made me a priority. The coaching staff and the fans all showed me love. When I got there and got out on the field Coach (William) Inge came over and spoke to me and my parents. I got to go on the field and visit with Coach Inge while the team was going through pre-game. I also got to hang-out with a couple of their 2017 commits.”
The talented prospect communicates primarily with Coach Inge and he said they have developed a strong bond.
“Coach Inge is the coach I talk to the most at Indiana,” Johnson said. “I also talk to Coach (Kevin) Johns, and he was the coach that offered me a scholarship last year. But me and Coach Inge have a great relationship. From when we first started talking to not it has just grown.”
The message from the Coach Inge and the Indiana staff is they really like Johnson and would love to have him in their 2018 recruiting class.
“Their message is they want me and they want to add me to their 2018 class,” he said. “They think I would be a good fit for them.”
Johnson, who Indiana is recruiting to play middle linebacker, said that he paid close attention to the Indiana defense today and he liked what he saw.
“I thought they did a great job of stopping the run and the pass,” he said about the IU defense against Ball State. “They played well and they had a shutout going until the second half when Ball State kind of woke-up and got the blocked punt and then scored again after that. But other than that it was good.”
The Ohio native currently has offers from Indiana, Michigan, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisville, Bowling Green and Toledo. He committed to Michigan back in March but just recently opened his recruiting back up, and he said this time around his number one factor will be his relationship with his position coach.
“Building my relationship with my position coach will be big for me,” Johnson said. “My decommitment from Michigan wasn’t because of who they were getting or who they were recruiting, it was because my position coach wasn’t reaching out to me. My relationship with my position will be my biggest thing going forward because he will determine my playing time.”
When it comes to his recruiting the athletic linebacker said he has no favorites, and he is in no hurry to make a decision.
“I am completely open to everyone,” Johnson said. “I plan on waiting until Signing Day to commit.”
One school that is on the outside looking in with Johnson is the one that he just decommitted from because of the lack of communication with the Wolverines' staff.
“As of now probably not,” he said when asked if Michigan was still a school he is considering. “Nobody has reached out to me from Michigan.”
Johnson has a handful of visits lined up over the next few weeks, including another trip back to IU to see the Hoosiers open up the Big Ten season.
“I will be at Louisville next week when they play Florida State,” he said. “I will definitely be back for IU versus Michigan State. I will be at Michigan State when they play Kansas State. I will be at Michigan when they play Penn State. After that I’m not sure yet.”