For some people, Wednesday was just another Wednesday.
But for Sacramento (Calif.) Luther Burbank 2017 defensive end, D.J. Johnson, well, it was a day full of offers – literally – as he received an offer from Michigan, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Georgia all on the same day.
However, his offer from the Wolverines is what’s making a strong impression early on, he says.
“Michigan is definitely a school that is sticking out,” Johnson said. “If I had a top five, they would definitely be in that top-five.”
How did Johnson receive the news of his offer from Michigan?
“It was the defensive line coach (Greg Mattison),” Johnson recalled. “I talked to him on the phone and he told me I had the offer. I was really excited.”
And now that he has an offer from the Wolverines, Johnson says his plan is to visit U-M this spring or summer.
“I am definitely going to try to go out there and try to visit when I get a chance,” Johnson said. “Michigan is a top-five school that I like, and to get an offer from them, I’m blessed that I got one. I followed them a little bit (this past year).”
Adding: “Jim Harbaugh, I know him well because my favorite team is the (San Francisco) 49ers. So it would be dope to be able to be coached by somebody who was coached by one of my favorite teams.”
And if and when he talks to Harbaugh eventually, Johnson says he would have some specific questions for the U-M headman.
“I would like to know what kind of family they have there,” Johnson said. “The tradition they try to uphold. Some teams they just a bunch a football players, and not a family. I want to go to a team that is like a brotherhood.”
One thing Johnson made clear; distance will not play a factor in his recruitment.
“Distance is not far for me, because I know wherever I go my home is just a plane ride a way to get back,” Johnson said. “Distance is not going to be a problem for me at all.”
Johnson also holds notable offers from USC, Oregon and Oklahoma among others.
Currently, Johnson says his plan is to make his final commitment known after his senior season.