Johnson focusing on two

With a commitment to Louisville being made in March, safety Michael Johnson has seen his recruitment become complicated after receiving an offer from LSU. He is planning to visit Baton Rouge over the summer and Johnson has an idea of which schools he will eventually pick from.

Throughout the recruiting process, Champagnat Catholic School (Hialeah, Fl.) safety Michael Johnson has had an idea of where he wanted to play his college football. When the 6-3 190 pound Johnson committed to Louisville in March of this year, he thought that the recruiting process would be over. However, after a junior season that saw him collect 82 tackles with seven forced fumbles and one interception, it was only a matter of time before other schools started calling. Johnson picked up an offer from a major SEC program last month and has started to receive interest from other schools as well.

"It's all going really well," Johnson told TSD. "I haven't gotten any new offers, but LSU was the latest one to offer me. I have a couple of schools talking to me, but isn't anything major."

One school that has been speaking with Johnson on a regular basis is Alabama. While he doesn't currently hold an offer from the Crimson Tide, Johnson believes that an offer might come from them if he were to attend camp over the summer.

"Alabama has been talking to me a lot recently," said Johnson. "They said they have high interest in me and they want me to come to camp. They said an offer might come there."

Johnson is looking closely at the depth charts of schools that are showing interest in him. Because of this, he explained that he isn't too concerned if he doesn't receive an offer from Alabama.

"I'm looking to play because I don't want to sit out for very long and I would have to do that at Alabama," said Johnson. "That's how their program works. I want to be out making plays on defense and I don't think I could do that early there."

With LSU, the interest is a little bit different. Johnson explained that he speaks with LSU coach Corey Raymond on a regular basis, mostly about whether or not the three-star prospect will be on campus this summer for one of the prospect camps that the Tigers will host this summer.

"The last time coach Raymond and I talked was a week ago," said Johnson. "He said it was very good to speak with me and he was wanting to see if I was still planning on being at camp this summer, which I am."

Johnson believes that he could play early in Baton Rouge if he decided to play his college football at LSU. Raymond has made it very clear to Johnson what the plan would be for him if were to choose LSU.

"Coach Raymond told me that I would play very early for them," said Johnson. "He wants me to play nickel for them the first year and then move me back to safety after my first season. It doesn't really matter where I go because I'm still going to out in the hard work to get on the field."

In recent years LSU has become known for producing elite defensive backs. For Johnson, this is a primary reason for his interest in the Tigers.

"LSU has great defensive backs and I want to be one of those guys," said Johnson. "I am willing to put in the work to be just like those guys and make it to the NFL one day. That stands out the most."

Although he has strong interest in the LSU program, Johnson remains committed to Louisville. Johnson grew up with several current roster members from Louisville such as quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, something that led to his early commitment to the Cardinals.

"I think Charlie Strong is a great man," said Johnson. "I'm familiar with their program and their players because I grew up with Teddy Bridgewater and some other guys. I told the guys I know that I would commit when Louisville offered me. I would say I'm solid with them, but it's a tough decision."

Even though it is still early in the process, Johnson explained that he believes his recruitment will ultimately boil down to Louisville and LSU.

"I think it will come down to Louisiville and LSU in the end, honestly," said Johnson. "I just might pull a fast one and sign with LSU when it's all said and done."

With a summer visit already tentatively planned to the LSU campus, Johnson already knows what he will want to get a closer look at once he is in Baton Rouge.

"I'm looking forward to meeting Les Miles and seeing what kind of a person he is," said Johnson. "I just want to talk to all of the coaches so that I can see if I fit with them. I want to know that I can start building relationships if I do go to LSU."

Johnson added that he doesn't know when a final decision might come from him. Until then, Johnson has several schools other than LSU that he hopes to visit this summer.

"We are supposed to be going to LSU, Alabama, Miami, and Georgia this summer," said Johnson. "I may go to Tennessee and West Virginia, but I don't know if I can make it up there."


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