Four-star quarterback Dwayne Haskins isn’t the only class of 2016 Bullis (Potomac, Md.) recruit on FBS programs’ radars. The emerging private school talent factory just produced numerous Division I prospects in its 2015 crop, and the likes of Haskins, outside linebacker Cameron Brown and cornerback Patrick Johnson highlight the next set.
The university just 20-plus minutes from Bullis, Maryland, has been hot on the trail of the four-star quarterback, but thus far the Terps seem to be taking a wait-and-see approach with Brown and Johnson.
The 6-foot, 180-pound Johnson, for his part, has done little to hide his UMD affinity, but he hasn’t heard much recently from area recruiter Chad Wilt.
“The recruiting has been picking up for me, but I have no clue what’s up with Maryland,” said Johnson, who holds offers from the likes of Virginia, Boston College, Iowa, Rutgers, Illinois, Marshall and Old Dominion. “Earlier during the season, Coach Wilt was telling me how he liked my technique and how I played, but I haven’t been in touch with him much since. I’m not sure why either, but you don’t get everything you want unfortunately.”
Johnson did say he’d probably be attending a Maryland camp and perhaps a winter junior day to try and draw more interest from the school just down the street from him. He stopped just short of calling a Terps offer a “game changer,” but said he’d think long and hard about joining the recent DMV-to-UMV movement should the opportunity arise.
“If Maryland offered, I’d love it – the chance to represent my hometown would be a blessing,” Johnson said. “An extreme blessing. I have a lot of friends going there and are thinking about going there. Like you see the guys from DeMatha going there, I know Dwayne [Haskins] likes it a lot, KeAndre [Jones] is going there… So I know a lot of people there, and I have family that went there too. So Maryland is sort of the school I grew up with. I’d really consider them if they offered.”
Johnson attended two Terps games last fall, first against West Virginia and later the blackout affair against Michigan State. UMD lost both outings, but Johnson still thoroughly enjoyed himself.
“The Michigan State game was awesome. It was a night game, everyone was dressed in black, and it was live,” Johnson said. “I think it’s a great atmosphere at Maryland.”
Barring anything happening with the Terps, however, Johnson said he’ll focus his attention elsewhere. He said assistants from each of his seven suitors maintain contact via social media, while coaches from Arizona, Arizona State, Wake Forest and N.C. State are in touch.
“My most recent offers were from UVA and Marshall. UVA was a great one to get. I’m going down there Feb. 7 to see their basketball game. You know, UVA is ranked No. 2, so that should be an exciting atmosphere when they play Louisville,” Johnson said. “UVA is great academics and a great school so I’ll be looking into them. Then Marshall, my running back here at Bullis is going there, so when he visits there I’ll go with him to check out the campus there too. That should be fun.”
Beyond visits to Charlottesville, Va., and Marshall, Johnson has winter/spring trips planned to Iowa, Wake Forest, N.C. State, Rutgers, Boston College and possibly Arizona and Arizona State (if it works out financially).
“Wake said it’s a possibility they’ll offer once I visit, and N.C. State said the same thing, so I’ll definitely get to those two schools,” Johnson said. “Rutgers, that’s a school I’ve been to before and definitely want to get back to. I really like it up there.
“And I’d love to get out to Arizona State. They haven’t offered, but I’m really impressed with how their campus life is set up, their engineering program and just their football program. I know a couple players there who have told me about it, and I did research on the school too. So I’d love to get out there.”
Johnson had previously visited Virginia Tech, Boston College, Rutgers and Maryland.
Following his next set of trips, Johnson said he’d like to go through the spring evaluation period and then select his destination by August.
“My plan initially was to commit like in the spring, but now I’m going to wait to see what offers I get in like May, and then maybe take a couple more summer trips,” Johnson said. “Then before school starts I want to make my decision so I can concentrate on my senior year.”
The Bullis prospect is coming off a season where he racked up 80 tackles and six interceptions, to go along with a forced fumble and a recovery. He scored six touchdowns as a receiver on offense.
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