DB Enjoys Camp Experience

Bruce Johnson wasn't a big name in the recruiting circles heading into the spring. However, it didn't take long before college coaches from around the country began calling him. One of those calls was from Miami.

"The coaches from Miami called and I was glad to hear from them," Johnson said. "I thought about going to their camp."

That's exactly what Johnson did. He took part in drills on Saturday before having to head back home.

"It was a real good day though," he said. "It was just one day but whenever you're at a camp like Miami's, you know you'll see good competition."

Johnson said the highlight of his trip was the opportunity to work with UM coach Tim Walton in the secondary.

"Miami wants me to play cornerback," he said. "I really liked Coach Walton. He showed me a lot. He taught me a lot of good things."

Johnson, 5-11 and 170 pounds, has a family connection at UM. His uncle is current starter Kelly Jennings. Johnson spoke to Jennings today.

"I talked to him today to find out what they were saying about me," he said. "He said he was talking to the coaches and they want me. He said they were impressed."

Johnson, who also runs track and ran a 15.45 in the high hurdles this past spring, finished last season with 44 receptions for 720 yards and four scores. Defensively, he had 42 tackles and two picks.

"On defense, I feel like I have the advantage mentally," he said. "I can usually tell what a receiver's going to do because I study it a lot. Knowing his next move really helps you as a cornerback. Plus, I'm versatile. I can play offense, defense, special teams, whatever it takes."

Johnson, a full academic qualifier, has received two offers so far but expects many more to come later.

"Louisville and Iowa State have offered so far," he said. "Last month, I talked to Miami, Clemson, Florida State, and some others on the phone too. I'm going to Florida State's camp next month. They want me to play receiver. It doesn't matter to me, wherever I can get on the field quicker."

Prior to leaving camp on Saturday, Johnson had a chance to talk to UM coach Randy Shannon about his situation.

"He said they're trying to get two cornerbacks and I'm one of the guys they're looking at," he said.

Johnson lists UM, FSU, and Clemson as his current co-favorites.

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