Camp's Defensive MVP Talks Recruiting

When Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland standout quarterback Kelin Johnson went to the University of Miami camp prior to his junior season last summer, he left quite impressed with the school and program.

After transferring from Atlantic High School to Mainland in January of 2003, Johnson began working out as a defensive back. When the time came, he decided to attend the UM camp once again.

"I went as a quarterback again," Johnson said, "but then after the first day I switched to cornerback. I know that if I'm going to play major college somewhere that it's probably going to be at cornerback. Plus I was trying to attend the Ole Miss summer camp but couldn't make it so the coach told me to work out as a DB at Miami's camp. It turned out really well because they gave me the award for top defensive player at the whole camp."

At 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds, Johnson had a chance to match up against some of the nation's top wide receiver prospects.

"The two receivers from California were really good," he said. "The dude from De La Salle uses his hands really well. The dude from New Orleans was big and fast. It was fun."

Johnson, whose 890 SAT score makes him a full qualifier, threw for 980 yards and ran for 550 as a junior (with 12 touchdowns). He also plays basketball and track (100m and 200m).

After the camp Johnson had a chance to meet with UM defensive coordinator Randy Shannon.

"I was with my uncle, Darrell Fullington, who actually played at Miami," he said. "Him and Randy Shannon are real good friends so that's a good thing. I wanted to show Coach Shannon what I had and I think I did a pretty good job of it. He said they like to have tall cornerbacks and he liked how I have long arms and play hard and stuff like that. He said they'll be watching me closely this season."

Despite transferring schools just a few months earlier, Johnson had a busy May talking to college coaches.

"Most of them just came by the school," he said. "But I talked to a few of them on the phone too like Miami, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, South Florida, and people like that."

Johnson, who went to the UM camp along with 24 of his Mainland teammates, has not yet received any scholarship offers but feels he's in a good situation.

"I think a lot of schools want to see what I can do as a defensive back first," he said. "I didn't even play on defense last year so this will give me a chance to show everyone what I have. After Miami, I'd say my top schools are UCF, LSU, and USF. I'm actually probably going to be at LSU's camp next month. My coach wanted me to go up there for some more exposure."

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