Cards want Johnson to make 'impact' in backfield

Scout.com National Top 10 prospect Micah Johnson of Fort Campbell High School has started scheduling official visits and he recently spoke with InsidetheVille.com about the difficulty of narrowing his list of opportunities.

Since the arrival of head coach Bobby Petrino and the new affiliation with the BIG EAST Conference, the University of Louisville has found unmatched success recruiting inside state borders. The last three recruiting classes at U of L have all featured the top-rated in-state prospect in Michael Bush, Brian Brohm and Earl Heyman.

This year in the Bluegrass, all eyes on are on Fort Campbell running back/linebacker Micah Johnson, the No. 10 prospect in the country according to Scout.com. As a junior Johnson rushed for over 1,200 yards and scoring 17 touchdowns in just six games. Much of that yardage came in the last three games of the season when he switched to running back from fullback. He also made 173 tackles on defense and notes that he rarely played in the second half of games because his team was usually holding a big lead at intermission. Johnson's big game of the season came in the 2nd round of the playoffs. On 28 carries he rushed for 310 yards and two touchdowns, leading his team to the victory. He also added 17 tackles on defense.

Those numbers, coupled with his 6-foot-2, 253-pound frame, and every coach in the country has Johnson high on the list of priorities.

"The most difficult thing about all of this is narrowing it down because so many schools have a lot to offer," explained Johnson. "I'm trying as it is, but it's hard. That's why I want to take all of my official visits before I make a decision."

While he doesn't claim a leader, Johnson is already in the process of setting up two of his official visits with Michigan and Georgia.

"I really like Coach Herrmann and the tradition that they have up there," Johnson said of Michigan. "They are doing a great job recruiting me. I feel the same way with how Georgia has been recruiting me."

A host of schools remain under consideration for his three remaining official visits. Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Penn State and Virginia, who according to Johnson, have peaked his interest a little more than others.

"I haven't narrowed it down that far just yet," said Johnson, who will trip to Michigan in early September. "I'm still pretty wide open for my last visits. I just know that those are two that I will visit."

Both Louisville and Kentucky received high praise from one of the top contenders for the state's Mr. Football award.

"I like them a lot," he said of the Cardinals. "They are recruiting me as a running back and they think that I can make an impact right away at that position and I do too. Louisville's definately high on my list, plus it helps that they are in-state."

"There are a lot of opportunities for me at Kentucky and I could play early. I believe that they are headed in the right direction and will get it turned around."

With a decision not likely to come prior the end of his senior season, Johnson is gearing up for the start of practice.

"We start two-a-days tomorrow, so I probably won't be able to sleep tonight," Johnson told InsidetheVille.com on Sunday. "We should be pretty good...we've been looking good so far."

Fort Campbell will kick off it's season at home on August 19th hosting Paducah Tilghman.


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