RECRUITING: UK leads for Johnson; will get visit

Offensive lineman Christian Johnson spent this season at Hargrave Military Academy, improving academics while working on his game at one of the nation's top prep schools. Johnson's Hargrave squad recently finished their 2004 season.

"It went real good to me, I think," Christian Johnson said. "I guess it was unfortunate that we lost three games, though. Personally, I came to camp two-a-days not out of shape, but not in the condition for what they were going to be doing. It hurt me a little bit so I wasn't starting. I did extra conditioning though, and by the 4th game I started at guard."

Hargrave was a new and positive experience for Johnson who has not only improved his academics, but has also gone up against college-level defensive tackles. "I think I did well," Johnson said. "I had to get used to college defensive tackles, but I felt I matched up against everyone well."

With the season done, Johnson and his fellow Hargrave teammates are preparing for their annual combine, an event that Johnson was told will bring in over 300 college coaches. The combine is held on December 6th at Hargrave.

While Johnson is hoping to draw attention from schools at the combine, a host of schools are still in touch. "For now, coach said some schools have been calling for me like UVa and Virginia Tech, but right now I'm looking at the University of Kentucky really," Johnson said. "Actually I'm calling coach Phillips [later Monday] and telling him that I can come take a visit Tuesday or Wednesday because I'm around. Kentucky, they told me they wanted me and I look good on film and they would love to have me on the field out there with them."

Not only have they told Christian that they would love to have him, the Kentucky staff has also offered his brother, big-time jumbo athlete Micah Johnson, one of 2006's top football recruits.

"Kentucky offered him for sure," the elder Johnson said. "A lot of schools are real interested already – Ole Miss, he's getting letters from Michigan, UVa, [and] Maryland."

Though Christian originally thought that each brother paving their own path would be the best course of action, that has changed in the past year. "I told him I wouldn't mind going to the same school as him now," Christian Johnson said. "I went to high school and middle school with him, but that'd be good to block for him. Have a brotherly love type thing there on offense."

Though Micah Johnson has already picked up one early offer, expect many more to come in the coming months. "Man, my little brother is doing an excellent job," Christian Johnson said of 6'2, 248-pound Micah Johnson. "He broke an area record in this part of Kentucky when he rushed for 311 yards last game on 38 carries. I watched the film and it was just awesome."


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