A frequent visitor in Ann Arbor has been Camden (N.J.) senior defensive end and Wolverine commit, Ron Johnson. The Garden State defensive end standout has been up numerous times, but for his official visit, he had a more laid back mentality and enjoyed every second of it.
“It went really well,” Johnson told The Michigan Insider. “I pretty much saw everything because I have been up there like eight times, so I saw a lot that I have seen already, but I had a nice time. I love the players, coaches and we were just having a good time.”
One of his stops during Johnson’s official visit was taking in the U-M basketball game. The 6-3, 235-pounder especially pointed out sitting next to his future head coach Jim Harbaugh.
“We were just watching the basketball game and it was not really about football,” said Johnson. “We were just catching up and things like that. We did talk about my jersey number and what I want it to be. I might be wearing number 15 or 17. I want to wear 17.”
Adding: “They just want me to compete and want me to stay at the weight I am right now and drop the fat. They think I am really fast off the edge and can compete in training camp.”
Johnson also had a chance to catch with his fellow Wolverine commits during his visit, including Thompson’s Station (Tenn.) Independence wide receiver Nathan Johnson, who committed during the weekend.</p>
”Yeah, I talked to him a little bit,” said Johnson. “He is real cool. I watched his film and I like the way he plays, which is real fast. It was cool to meet him. He is out-going and not shy. I think it is going to be a good combination with him and Brad (Hawkins) and Ahmir (Mitchell).”
The Wolverines have risen in the recruiting rankings as of late with a big boost after landing highly touted Wayne (N.J.) De Paul Catholic senior running back Kareem Walker. Someone Johnson can't wait to suit up with in Ann Arbor.
“I love it,” said Johnson. “Another Jersey guy that’s looking to cause chaos and take over and win this national championship. I can’t wait to work with those guys.
Johnson is still hoping to land another Garden State standout in five-star defensive tackle Rashan Gary. Although, he doesn’t know where he’s leaning, this current Wolverine class is one he’s ready to get to work with.
“I’m not really not too sure (where he’s leaning),” said Johnson. “I think Rashan wants to keep it to himself. We got a bunch of dogs and I can’t wait to get after it and take over at Michigan then over the country.”
For weeks and during Johnson’s official visit, the search for Michigan’s next defensive coordinator search continued. Finally, Coach Harbaugh found their next man to fill the void left by D.J. Durkin with Don Brown, who coached the No. 1 total defense at Boston College this past season. Johnson got the chance to briefly chat with him for the first time recently and is eager to begin playing under him.
”Yes, I did,” said Johnson. “He messaged me on Twitter right before the holiday introducing himself and talking to me about the future. He just said he couldn’t wait till I get there, so we can get to work. I believer he is a great hire.”