Safety Says UM Has Big Lead

The University of Miami has enjoyed lots of success in recent years recruiting the New Orleans area. That should be no different this year, as two key prospects appear to be favoring the Hurricanes.

Last week, I posted an interview with wide receiver Craig Davis and today it's his teammate.

At 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, O.P. Walker High standout safety Darryl Johnson ran a 4.45 and jumped 34 inches at the LSU summer camp in July. Inside the classroom, he's waiting on test scores to return.

Johnson, who will play both ways in the team's season opener this Saturday, has been playing football since he was three. He also competes in basketball (PG) and track, in which he ran a 10.3 100m at a district meet as a junior.

"Recruiting has been pretty cool," Johnson said. "I've gotten a lot of offers and several schools called me the first day. Most of my top choices called but I wasn't home most of the day. The only one I actually talked to was Florida."

So who are some of those top choices?

"My favorites are LSU, Miami, Florida, Alabama, and Colorado," he said. "I'll take my visits and whatever happens, happens."

The talented safety did single out one of them.

"Miami's really where I want to go," he said. "I love them. They've offered me and it's a great college, a great program, and they're always competing for a championship. I'll definitely take a visit there and they're going to be tough to beat."

The Hurricanes will have another advantage when Johnson makes his visit to UM.

"Akieem Jolla's my cousin," he said. "He's been telling me how much he likes it at Miami and how prepared I need to be if I'm going to play there. He said there's a lot of hard work but I'm used to that. I enjoy competition just like he does."

So while Johnson is sky high on the Hurricanes, will there be a commitment to UM in the near future?

"I want to take my visits because things can change," he said. "But it's looking real good for Miami right now."

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