One of the most talented quarterback prospects throughout the 2013 Michigan football camp, 2015 Dewitt (Mich.) high school signal caller Jake Johnson looked sharp in his time in Ann Arbor. Very fond of the Maize & Blue as a youngster, having the opportunity to work 1-on-1 with the Wolverines’ coaching staff is an experience Johnson will never forget.
“I grew up being a Michigan fan and I definitely like going to their camp,” Johnson told GoBlueWolverine. “When you go there Al Borges puts the quarterbacks in the top group and works with them the whole time and learning and becoming a better player while you’re there.
“I’ve been down there a couple of times before that so it was nothing that I haven’t seen before but it was a great experience going down there and working with coach.”
Finishing an injury riddled sophomore year at Dewitt that forced him to miss seven games after breaking his thumb on a helmet in week two, Johnson still managed to pile up 1700 total yards of offense including 16 touchdown passes and six rushing scores.
This summer, Johnson has been busy proving himself at college camps, competing at Toledo, Indiana, Cincinnati, Ohio State, and Michigan State as well, with camp stops at Eastern Michigan, Tennessee, Western Michigan, and Ball State still on the way.
Walking away from his time with the Wolverines, Johnson knows exactly what he’s looking to improve on heading into his junior year.
“Getting the ball out on time,” he said. “Michigan really emphasizes getting the ball out after your drop and not holding the ball.”
With plenty of time for chitchat during and after camp, Johnson received encouraging news from the Michigan staff.
“They said that I was a kid they were going to be recruiting for the 2015 class,” Johnson said. “They said that I did a great job, and they were looking forward to talking to me and having me down for a visit in the future.”
At 6-2, 185-pounds, Johnson is more multi-dimensional compared to the quarterbacks the Wolverines brought in in recent years, adding the mobility factor out of the backfield.
“I think Michigan would be a decent fit,” said Johnson. “I like Toledo’s offense and Bowling Green too. The Michigan offense is kind of going towards the bigger, 6-5, 6-6 quarterbacks that sit in the pocket.”
Still focusing plenty of his time on bringing Dewitt and the surrounding community it’s first state championship in school history, Johnson is very aware of what he’s looking for in the college of his choice.
“First thing is academics and what I would like to study in college and what school has the program for it,” said Johnson. “Offensive scheme, what fits me good because I like to run too, so something that fits me well. The coaches and the relationship I have with them, and go to a winning program.”