In the not-too-distant future, Louisville wide receiver Jimorris Johnson will sit down with his family to figure out just when he'll be coming to Bloomington.
For the time being, that trip for the 6-5, 195-pound receiver from Western H.S. will be simply to make a visit to the Bloomington campus and to watch the Hoosiers play. Johnson said IU receivers coach Billy Lynch has sent him an IU schedule, and Johnson plans to pick a weekend that both he and his parents can make the two-hour trip.
While Johnson's immediate Bloomington plans are only for a weekend stop, there appears to be a possibility that he could eventually wind up returning for a four-year stay if he likes what he sees. In fact, Indiana is one of Johnson's frontrunners, along with Kentucky, Louisville, Tennessee and Auburn.
"They've been talking to me for awhile now," said Johnson. "I've also talked to the wide receivers coach, maybe with about a month left in the high school season last year."
The reason that Indiana and a handful of other schools have been keeping a close eye on Johnson is because he combines excellent size with plenty of speed. Indiana fans have already seen the sort of impact those kind of skills have had with James Hardy, and Johnson falls into the same mold of a big wideout who can make plays.
"Most of the coaches like my ability to go up and over cornerbacks to get the ball," said Johnson. "With my height to have my speed, they think that's a good combination."
Johnson has used those skills to catch seven passes so far this season for 320 yards and three touchdowns. That comes on the heels of a junior season when he caught ten touchdowns and had another 500 yards receiving.
"Our high school team, we're basically a running school, but with me there, they are trying to pass a little bit more," said Johnson. "Wherever we are on the field, they'll try to get me the ball."
While plenty of schools have been showing interest in Johnson, no one has extended a scholarship offer – yet. That is likely to change, though, now that Johnson has gotten his ACT test results back.
"There were a lot of schools that were waiting on my test scores," said Johnson. "I just passed the ACTs and qualified.
"That's a real big relief. On the ACT you have to keep studying for it, you have to worry about school and practice, so it's a real big relief to get that off your shoulders so you can just worry about school and practice."
With that behind him Johnson can begin to concentrate not only on his high school season, but also some of the things that will factor into his college decision.
"Basically, the atmosphere is going to be important to me," said Johnson. "I'll be looking at how the players are, how the coaches treat the players, what conference they play in - those kind of things."
HoosierNation.com will have more on a potential Johnson visit to Bloomington in the coming weeks.
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