Dytarious Johnson isn’t the big talker that many others that play his position are.
But that quietness shouldn’t be mistaken for a lack of confidence.
On a small-town team more known for its potent offense, Johnson went largely overlooked in recruiting circles. Before today his offer list consisted of Georgia State, Georgia Southern, Troy, Memphis, South Alabama, and Jacksonville State. The interest from those schools was greatly appreciated, but he believed he could compete at a higher level. After seeing that he’s a legit 215 lbs. his Michigan recruiter Tyrone Wheatley began thinking so too. Johnson had emerged as a target during the evaluation of his future Wolverine teammates Keith Washington and Kingston Davis. However, moving beyond target status was going to take more than film.
“When I went and visited (with Davis in April) they told me they wanted to evaluate me more,” Johnson recalled. “They wanted me to come to their (satellite) camp (in Prattville), and I guess they liked what they saw (because) they offered me today. So I wanted to commit.”
“(Harbaugh) told me, ‘congratulations and welcome to the team.’”
Johnson’s showing at the Prattville camp and commanded a great deal of attention and praise from the man that will be coaching him in Ann Arbor, defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin.
“He is an excellent coach,” Johnson said of Durkin. “He knows a lot about football. He is intense. He is an all-around fun coach.”
The interaction with Durkin and Harbaugh just furthered the comfort level he’d already established with Wheatley and Director of Player Personnel, Chris Partridge. Throw in the presence of his hish school teammates, and the offer was too good to take time thinking whether to accept it.
“(Wheatley) is excellent coach,” Johnson said. “He will take good care of you.”
“I love (Michigan). I really wanted to go there (all along).”
Johnson was the Wolverines’ second pledge of the day, joining Indianapolis (Ind.) Ben Davis athlete Chris Evans deciding to don the winged helmet. He is also the third satellite camper to commit in as many days (Kiante Enis committee Thursday).
With his recruitment now officially behind him Johnson’s athletic focus is aimed completely at improving his game even more.
Said Johnson, “(people will see) a lot of speed, bog hits, flying around the field… always looking for the ball.”