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Johnson talks Indiana visit, recruiting

Four-star Indianapolis defensive back D.J. Johnson talks about the recent visit he made to IU.

This past Saturday defensive back D.J. Johnson made his way down to IU to spend some time with the Hoosiers’ coaching staff. The 6-foot-1, 160-pound standout from Indianapolis North Central H.S. talked with Peegs.com about his Indiana visit, and about where things stand with his recruiting at this time.

Johnson went down to Bloomington on Saturday morning for a visit that allowed him to spend some quality time with the IU coaches.

“It went pretty well,” he said about the Indiana visit. “I got to sit down and talk with them and get to know them personally a little bit better. It was nice to get away from the recruiting and just sit down and talk with each other. It was cool spending time with them and getting to know them better. And I got better understanding of what they want me to do if I come to IU.”

The four-star recruit said that the coaching staff is selling him and other in-state players on the plan that they can stay home and help turn the Indiana football program into something special.

“They were talking their slogan, ‘Indy, We IN Here’, and how they want to keep the top guys in Indiana,” Johnson said. “Julius Brents was with me too and they talked about how they can picture us staying close to home and doing big things there.”

Johnson was able to visit with Indiana cornerbacks coach Brandon Shelby, and the Indianapolis native feels confident that Coach Shelby would make him a better player if he decided to play for him.


“Coach Shelby, he is a real cool guy,” Johnson said about the Indiana assistant. “I can tell that if I went there he is going to be on me and he is going to push me and that’s what I need. That would definitely be a plus if I went there. I also like how he keeps it real and just tells you like it is.”

The North Central H.S. standout was also impressed with head coach Tom Allen and his vision for the future of the IU program.

“I like Coach Allen as the head coach there,” Johnson said. “He was at Ben Davis once and that is a program that we play against. He knows a lot of people in Indiana, and he seems to know what he is doing. I trust him and I’m looking forward to seeing what he does this season.”

Johnson has picked up offers from Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Purdue, Cincinnati, Ball State, Bowling Green, Miami (OH) Northern Illinois, Toledo and Western Michigan. He said there are three Big Ten schools standing out for him right now.

“Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota are standing out for me but I’m still interested in everyone,” he said. “I plan on visiting a lot of different schools so I still have a lot to think about.”

When it comes to the Hoosiers and their chances of moving into his top group, Johnson said it depends on whether or not he wants to stay close to home for school.

“I’m not sure I want to stay in-state for college,” he said when asked what IU could do to move up his list of favorites.

Johnson, who recorded 34 tackles and three tackles for loss as a junior last fall, said that he is no hurry to make a decision on where he will play his college football.

“I think I’m going to take my decision into my senior season,” he said. “Maybe that could change if I just feel like somewhere is the right place for me.”

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