"My father is really talented," Nathaniel 'Skip' Johnson told Ryan Jordan. "He played football and basketball so I guess that we all got it from his genes."
Nathaniel is the most intruiging story of the Johnson brothers, the oldest of three, Nathaniel is arguably the most athletic of the bunch - sporting a sparkling 4.5 forty yard dash and a glowing physique.
"This will be my first year at Laney College. I transferred in from Southern University. I went through a lot of things down there and I just felt like I wasn't really going anywhere. I broke my ankle last season so I couldn't play."
"I walked on out here and I made the squad."
Nathaniel is a bit of an unknown at this point, but could garner more attention as the recruiting season progresses, especially as his brother Micah's recruitment picks up in the winter. 'Skip' as he is referred too, can play a variety of positions at 6-foot, 215 pounds including wide receiver, safety, defensive back or linebacker.
"Education is the number one thing I'm looking for," Johnson said. "I want to major in education because I want to be a teacher. I'm also looking at the surroundings and the school. I'd like to come back closer to home if I can."
There's no doubt that the Wildcats fit those needs for Johnson and if Kentucky offers, it's is most likely where Johnson will attend. "There's a lot of schools I'd like to attend, but UK is my number one school. I've always liked their program and me and my brothers grew up watching UK football."
Still the path is going to be a rough one for Nathaniel, whom is still unsure as to whether or not he can play at a four year school. "I graduated in 2002 and this will be my first year playing football since then. I really don't know when I'll be able to go to a four year school. I haven't really talked to anyone about it. I haven't heard from any four year schools yet. Like I said, I don't know when I'll be able to sign a scholarship."
Minton garners another two SEC offers.
SW Pulaski High School Defensive End Josh Minton added another two offers from LSU and Auburn today. This following a two day span that saw his first two offers come in from Virginia Tech and Alabama. Minton, the talented defensive end/linebacker, first turned heads at the Notre Dame camp the summer before his junior campaign, where he was voted the top defensive lineman.
Minton had 87 tackles and 13 sacks in an all-state year as a junior. He currently holds the school record for tackles for a loss with 21.
Cats offer another Palmetto state product
Despite the fact they will more then likely have to beat the big dogs in pursuit of him, the Wildcats have not backed down from the competition for Ben Alexander of Anderson (S.C.). The TL Hanna product might already boast scholarship offers from Florida State, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, and Duke, but that did little to stop the Cats from entering their name in the hat this week
"Over the course of the past week or two I have received offers from University of Kentucky, University of North Carolina, and Auburn University," Alexander told Scout.com's Don Callahan.
Alexander admits coaching staffs that extend late summer offers will lessen their chances, but revealed each new offer has little effect on his favorites list – or lack there of.
"At first and still I've been wide open as far as colleges and not really have a favorite," said Alexander. "Right now, it's just more options to choose from; now I have more offers and more choices and more things to sort out. If a school offers in like September, I will be nice to have, but it won't give me enough time to make a decision."
Alexander's lack of a leader or favorites list has nothing to do with lack of research. The lineman has unofficially visited South Carolina, Duke, North Carolina, and Clemson, and plans to attend a Clemson spring practice Friday and Georgia Tech's junior day Saturday.
Alexander figures to plan an equally eventful summer camping schedule with Texas the lone definite trip. Alexander is also entertaining the idea of camping at each of his offering schools as well as Clemson.
Portions written by Scout.com's Ryan Jordan and Don Callahan were used in this report.