Garden State Star Watching MSU

Atco, N.J., cornerback Rueben Johnson has seen his stock rise in recent weeks. With offers from Michigan State, Tennessee, North Carolina, Boston College and many others in hand, are any teams starting to separate from the pack? Who is pushing the hardest for this three-star defensive back. GSN caught up with Reuben Johnson to get the latest.

With four players from the Garden State on the roster in 2006, the Spartans have been successful in recruiting New Jersey in recent years. Under the direction of new coach Mark Dantonio, the Spartans hope to stay the course as the green and white turn up the pressure on Reuben Johnson, a three-star defensive back from Atco, N.J.

"After the Elite Combine a lot of offers started coming in. It's when I got my offer from Michigan State.

"Pat Narduzzi, the defensive coordinator, is the one that's recruiting me. I haven't got a chance to talk to Coach Dantonio yet, but I've heard of him when talking to Coach Narduzzi."

In an attempt to familiarize himself with the campuses of the schools recruiting him, Johnson has tried to trip to each respective school. Thus far, Maryland, Pittsburgh and Rutgers have been the only three that the east coast star has had a chance to see.

"I really don't know when I'll get to the others yet. I'm going through camp with my team and I don't want my recruiting to interfere with what I have going on with my team. It might have to wait until my official visits."

Despite not having been to East Lansing yet, however, the Spartans have made an impression on Johnson. As one of his top schools, Michigan State joins Boston College, Syracuse, North Carolina, Tennessee, Iowa and Virginia Tech as a top seven school for the 5-foot-9, 175-pound DB.

"All of my top seven except for Virginia Tech has offered a scholarship.

"I haven't got into how many cornerbacks Michigan State plans on taking or anything, but they think I can come in and compete for a position. They think they can use me in the scheme they play and they'd love to have me."

According to Johnson, coaching staff and comfort level with the players will play an important role.

"I'm a little more comfortable with the Boston College staff right now because they recruit me the hardest," Johnson continued. "And location might be a little bit of a factor, but I'm willing to get away from Jersey if it's in my best interest. I'm just looking for a family atmosphere."

GSN will keep up with Reuben Johnson as he narrows his list to five official visits.

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