Johnson gets first offer from Louisville

Kevin Johnson hoped to earn a few scholarship offers this summer based on camp performance. But the a 5-11, 190-pound running back from Cleveland (OH) St. Ignatius got a nice surprise when Louisville made a surprising first offer.

"I was excited. I wasn't expecting an offer right away," Johnson said. "I'm going to call the coaches (tonight) about the offer. I'm excited to have my first offer and it's from a big school like Louisville."

Kevin Johnson said he doesn't know much about Louisville yet but he hopes to learn more about the Cardinals this summer. "I plan on scheduling a visit in June to see Louisville," Johnson said.

Louisville has a history of recruiting success with former St. Ignatius players, including former star quarterback Dave Ragone and defensive back Jon Gannon. "He was very thrilled with Louisville's offer," St. Ignatius coach Chuck Kyle said. "He was very interested. It's a great program and his family can get there to see him play. He was pretty excited today."

Kyle said several Mid-American Conference programs are taking a hard look at Johnson. "Iowa is talking to him and Pittsburgh has been sending him a lot of stuff," Kyle added. Johnson said he's also been talking recently with Ball State.

"He has very, very good speed," Kyle said. "He's a 4.4 (guy) and finished sixth in the state championship in the 60-meter dash. He's a football player but he still has sprinters-type speed. He made some big plays last year and we expect the same this year."

As a junior, Johnson rushed for 407 yards and seven touchdowns and also had 68 receiving yards. On defense, Johnson recorded 14 solo tackles and broke up one pass while playing defensive back. "I think they (Louisville) are probably looking at him for offense right now," Kyle said. "He's an athlete so they could put him into that category too."

Johnson is planning to attend camps at Ball State and Toledo next month and could make a decision at that point. "I want to make my decision before we're back in school and the football season starts," Johnson said. "I'm hoping to make some visits this summer before I make a decision. I want to go to a college that has the major I want to study. Right now I have my mind set on playing running back in college."

Johnson said he's interested in becoming a teacher after college.

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