Taariq Johnson received some unexpected news Tuesday when he visited his head coach at school.
“He called me into his office and he just said, ‘congratulations you’ve been offered by Michigan,’” Johnson said. “I thought he was just joking but it’s actually legit.”
Johnson is a 6-foot-3.5, 210-pound match-up nightmare at tight end and wide receiver for Los Angeles (Calif.) Augustus Hawkins.
The 2017 west coast target now possesses three offers so far in the recruiting process, adding the Wolverines to scholarships from Baylor and Ohio.
Asked how much contact he’s had with Michigan’s coaching staff thus far, Johnson says this relationship is only in its infancy.
“This is going to be surprising to you but this is actually the first time I’ve heard from Michigan and they offered me,” Johnson said.
“It was very special to get an offer from such a prestigious program.”
Still eager to learn more about Michigan’s program, Johnson spoke with excitement about the recent changes in Ann Arbor.
“I’m familiar a little bit,” Johnson said. “The Ohio State rivalry gets pretty heated every year. It’s a dream offer. They have Jim Harbaugh now too from the San Francisco 49ers so it’s a very good program.”
Johnson said he plans to speak with some of Michigan’s coaches as soon as possible to look into a possible unofficial visit this summer or for a game in the fall.
As far as what position he believes he could play at the next level, Johnson is leaving his options open, a mismatch lining up all over the offensive attack for Augustus Hawkins.
“Right now I’m a hybrid,” Johnson said. “I can do both cause I feel like I’m a mismatch and faster than the linebackers but just as physical.
“As a wide receiver I can be more physical as a corner and go up and get the ball.”