The Indiana staff is hard at work on the 2018 recruiting class, but that has not stopped them from extending offers to top targets in the 2019 class. One junior-to-be the Hoosiers are after is quarterback Sam Johnson from Walled Lake (MI) Walled Lake Western H.S. The 6-foot-3, 165-pound signal-caller picked up an offer from IU this past Thursday when he made an unofficial visit for the Cream & Crimson Spring Game.
Johnson said getting the offer from the Hoosiers was big deal for him because of how interested he is in the IU football program.
"It was pretty big," he said about the Indiana offer. "It is a really good school to play football at, and you can also get a really good education. I like it there and they really fit my style of play. Their offense reminds me of the one we run at my school. It is a spread and they throw the ball a lot and I like that as a quarterback. It just seems like a really good offense to play in."
The talented prospect said he had a great time on his visit to IU last week for the spring game, and he plans on making it back for more visits whenever he is able to.
"I just really like the coaching staff," Johnson said. "They are really cool coaches. I would love to get down there for camp so that I can get coached by Coach (Nick) Sheridan. I have definitely developed a good connection with and Coach (Mike) Hart. I also like the atmosphere there. I plan on visiting again for the Ohio State game. I also want to take my family so that they can see the facilities more and see the campus."
The Indiana coaches told Johnson that they like how he has developed as a player in the first two years of his high school career.
"They said that they love the way I throw the ball," he said about the message from the Indiana coaches. "They also said that they were impressed with the way I progressed from my freshman year to my sophomore year. They also said that when I was there I was a little bigger than they thought I would be, which they liked."
Johnson played at played his freshman and sophomore years at Southfield A&T High School, but he is now enrolled at Walled Lake Western H.S. He said that he and his family thought it would be best if he transferred.
"It was something that me and my family talked about and we decided it was the best situation so we moved down there," he said. "The transition has been great. I already knew some of the players before I ever got here so that made it easier."
This past fall Johnson had to battle through a leg injury that caused him to miss a portion of the season, but he was able to return for the playoffs.
"I missed four games with a knee injury," he said about his sophomore season. "I came back for the first round of the playoffs. I do feel like last year my pocket presence got better. Sometimes it is hard for me to stay in the pocket because of my mobility. I can really get out of the pocket and make plays with my legs. This off-season I have been working on my throwing motion. I have a little sidearm when I throw so I have been working on coming more over the top."
The athletic quarterback currently has offers from Indiana, Illinois, Syracuse, Cincinnati, Temple, Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Ohio, Toledo and Western Michigan. He said that style of play and his fit in the program will be factors in his decision.
"I will look at the offense and see if it fits my style of play," Johnson said. "I want to see how the players are and I fit with them. Another factor will be the community where the school is. I don’t think distance will be a big deal for me when I pick a school."