In early December, Michigan hosted a number of highly touted recruits including Thompson’s Station (Tenn.) Independence senior wide receiver Nathan Johnson. The rising wide out didn’t take long to realize U-M was the destination where he wanted to spend the next few years of his life playing football and committed to the Wolverines. He reflects back to his official visit in Ann Arbor and what he was able to experience.
"It went well as I got a lot of time to spend with coaches, players and future recruits,” Johnson told The Michigan Insider. “I got to see basically the whole campus and got to hang out with the players and get a feel for what life is like for them. I got to watch them practice and got to meet with the coaches, so it was a nice visit of everything.”
The man leading the charge in his recruitment has been passing game coordinator/wide receivers coach Jedd Fisch, who the 5-11, 170-pound Johnson has created a solid bond with.
“He’s a very good coach and has a great sense of humor,” said Johnson. “When I went down there, I knew I could definitely see myself being coached by him. I felt comfortable around him and he felt comfortable around me, so it was a good fit.”
Johnson has also been in communication with head coach Jim Harbaugh and recruiting coordinator Matt Doherty who both had one simple message for the young wide receiver.
We can’t wait to get to work.
“They can’t wait me to get up there and I will probably go to the spring game because they asked me to come, so I can’t wait for that,” said Johnson. “They have been telling me how they can’t wait for me and compete.”
In their final game of the season, the Wolverines dominated the Gators in the Citrus Bowl and made a statement. Johnson watched it all, but really loved seeing them toss it all over the field to several targets including freshman wide out Grant Perry.
“I watched the whole game and it was great,” said Johnson. “The offense and defense both executed well. They came out early and beat a pretty good SEC team, so that was really cool to see. I thought the passing game was great. They threw the ball a lot and they moved it really well down the field. They threw to (Grant) Perry a lot, who is a freshman wide receiver and I liked to see that because I will be one and it showed they got him the ball more than once a game and involved, so that was a cool thing.”
This January will be anything but a calm one for Johnson as he looks to take a few more official visits that includes Miami on the 15th, Vanderbilt on the 22nd and Penn State on the 29th.
However, despite scheduling official visits, Johnson maintains that he is completely solid to the Wolverines.
“I am 100% committed to Michigan, but I am just seeing how they are compared to Michigan,” said Johnson.
Johnson is well aware of what the coaching staff is building in Ann Arbor, especially when it comes to recruiting. Johnson has maintained communication with a few recruits and can see the tight-knit bond starting to build amongst the class.
"I have been communication and contact with them just talking,” said Jonson. “Some of them are already up there like Ahmir (Mitchell). I’m pretty sure we are going to be a close class and it seems like a good group of guys. We have been talking through direct messages and already have a group message set up, so we talk a lot. It is pretty cool and can’t wait."
Once time does comes for Johnson to arrive in Ann Arbor, Johnson plans on being prepared and ready to compete from day one.
“I have already started working out and trying to get to 190-pounds as far as my weight,” said Johnson. “I feel that would be a good weight to come in as and keep my speed up. Working on running routes and working everyday. I’ll definitely be prepared when I go up there and come in ready to start.”