One of Michigan's top priorities for its 2016 class is adding more weapons on the outside. The Wolverines' passing game coordinator/ quarterbacks coach/wide receivers coach Jedd Fisch has traveled the country the last few weeks trying to find the final piece to his perimeter arsenal. Earlier this week he added a new candidate to the mix when he extended an offer to Thompson’s Station (Tenn.) Independence wide receiver Nathan Johnson.
“Coach Fisch came down to my school and I got called to my coach’s office,” Johnson told The Michigan Insider. “We started to talk and he explained to me that I had an offer from Michigan. I was hyped about it and he came over (Wednesday) night. We scheduled an official for this weekend. It was kind of out of the blue because I hadn’t heard much of anything from him.”
In just the time spent with Fisch at school during the in-home visit Johnson believes he and his prospective coach developed a pretty good connection.
“I liked him,” the rising wideout said. “He explained to me his coaching style and I love the way he coaches. He seemed like a great guy with a great sense of humor. He knows business is business and fun time is fun time, so he knows the difference too. I could see myself being coached by him.”
When the 5-11, 170-pounder makes his way up to Ann Arbor he will be looking to see if the other aspects of Michigan fit him just as well.
“I am very interested and I can’t wait to get down to meet Coach Harbaugh, all the players, and have a good time," said Johnson. "As far as interest, I've got a big interest in Michigan. I know they have a great engineering program and I know Harbaugh is in love with engineering, so he doesn’t mind fitting things around my schedule. I want to go into engineering. I know it is a great college town and the great tradition of football.”
“I’m really excited about (the visit to Michigan) and getting to meet Coach Harbaugh, hanging out with the players, and seeing how they bond. I want to also meet up with a couple guys in my recruiting class. That will be really cool.”
At the moment Johnson has no timeline for a decision, but he knows the criteria he’ll base his choice on with that time comes.
“A school that has my major, a great team bond with the coaches and players, a great community to live in, (and a) great town and program,” he said.
After the trip to Michigan Johnson will have three more remaining. He'll trip to Miami January 15th, Vanderbilt January 22nd, and Northwestern January 29th.