Rising sophomore linebacker Antwuan Johnson is already regarded as one of the top 2018 prospects from the state of Ohio, and just last month he received the news that he had his first Big Ten offer from Michigan.
“I went down to my coaches office and he ended up telling me that they offered me,” said Johnson, who stars at Springfield (Ohio) High. “I was kind of excited to receive an offer from a Big Ten school. Plus it’s Michigan; it’s my dad’s favorite school. He was excited too.
“Right after I received (the offer) in the coaches office, I called him to let him know. He’s just real excited about it. He grew up a Michigan fan. So he was just real excited they offered me.”
Now that he has an offer from the Wolverines, Johnson says his next plan is to come up for a visit soon.
“I’m trying to be up to Michigan at least this week or next week,” Johnson said. “Because tournament play starts Saturday for basketball season. So If I don’t have time this Saturday, then I will come up there next week for a visit.”
And when he does come to visit, he says he will be looking closely at how coach Jim Harbaugh operates his program.
“I just want to see how the coaching staff interacts with kids,” Johnson said. “I think coach Harbaugh probably demands excellence out of all of his kids. The academics are a big thing for me. I want to see how well they rank in that. And the living style, I want to see how these athletes live and they are taken care of. I know the fan base is great, I’m not worried about that.”
Upcoming, Johnson says he plans to take a visit to Louisville (offer) and Kentucky (offer). He has also been on visits to Cincinnati (offer) and to Ohio State for junior day.
“I went down to (OSU) for a junior day, matter of fact, right after Michigan offered me,” Johnson said. “I think Michigan put Ohio State on the hot seat a little bit.”
OSU has yet to offer, says Johnson.