Johnson Becomes Hoosiers' 10th Pledge

Bloomington - Southfield (Mich.) defensive tackle Shafer Johnson says IU "hit him like a shockwave" during the recruiting process, and that's why he became the 10th player to pledge to Bill Lynch for the 2011 class. Johnson talked with Hoosier Nation about his decision...

Bloomington – Indiana proved to offer a little bit more than Shafer Johnson expected.

"The staff is great, the personnel is great, everything is great," Johnson said. "The academics are great. They have everything I wanted there."

With that ringing endorsement, it's no surprise that the 6'1", 300-pound defensive tackle Southfield (Mich.) Christian H.S. became the tenth member of IU's 2011 recruiting class Thursday.

Johnson said he tried to get a hold of IU Coach Bill Lynch a handful of times Thursday, but was unable to reach the Hoosier head coach who is in the middle of summer football camp. So he instead called his recruiting coach, George Ricumstrict, and passed along the news.

In Johnson, Indiana is getting a highly-productive defensive tackle who put up huge numbers as a junior. Johnson totaled 64 tackles, 23 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, one forced fumble and blocked five field goals. The IU staff was able to not only see those skills on tape, but also during a recent visit to town for one of IU's one-day camps.

"They said they really like my strength, my quickness and my agility," Johnson said.

Johnson, meanwhile, was equally impressed by the IU program from top to bottom.

"It was more than I expected," Johnson said. "It totally hit me like a shockwave."

He said the new facilities played a big part in his decision, as did the staff's emphasis on academics. He's also convinced that a return to the postseason is in the near future for the program as well.

"I think they are going to get to a bowl game," Johnson said. "All those losses (last season) were really close, so a couple of little things here and there and they'll be there." Top Stories