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Los Angeles (Calif.) Augustus Hawkins 2018 CB Marcus Johnson reflects on Michigan visit and more.

Los Angeles (Calif.) Augustus Hawkins 2018 CB Marcus Johnson reflects on Michigan visit and more.

Last weekend, Augustus Hawkins (Calif.) 2018 cornerback Marcus Johnson made the cross-country trip from Los Angeles with some of his high school teammates to see what Michigan was all about.

“Overall it was a special visit for me,” Johnson said. “I got to see a new place, a new city and it was real cool. Coach (Jim) Harbaugh was real cool to talk to. He just showed me the different facilities, and (talked) about the possibilities of me playing there. It was good.”

Currently, Johnson holds notable offers from Notre Dame, USC and Tennessee among others. And while U-M is interested in the rising junior cornerback, the Wolverines have yet offer.

“I haven’t received a scholarship yet,” Johnson said. “But that’s what we talked about with the recruiting coordinator and stuff. He was just telling me they were going to keep in touch.”

So, with that being said: What would an offer from Michigan mean to Johnson?

That offer would be really big,” Johnson said. “That’s a really big offer. That’s one I am waiting for right now. If they offered me I would be very thankful for it. It would mean a lot.”

Regardless, Johnson admits he still has much to learn about Michigan as he goes through his recruitment.

“I just want to know how their coaches run the game,” Johnson said of U-M. “Do they put guys early who can make an impact? Or do like the guys who they get a feel for them first? I want to know how they handle their school business too. What they do to maintain a certain G.P.A. and things like that.”

One thing is clear, distance will not play a factor in Johnson’s decision.

“I’m taking this recruitment process as slow as possible to get a feel for the different schools,” Johnson said. “Actually distance doesn’t mean a lot to me. If I choose a school that far, I wouldn’t mind going there. But I am just taking this slow and seeing how this all works out.”
Already Johnson has been on spring visits to Michigan, Notre Dame, USC, UCLA, Arizona and Arizona State. He says his high school team is planning another trip coming up to California.

“I am just looking for a program that fits me, that fits my personality,” Johnson said. “I want to go to a program that when I come it can help me right away, so I can make an impact on and off the field at that school for the program. So when I look at the school, I’m like ‘Do I see myself playing here? Do I see myself starting my career here? Can I make a future out of this school?’”


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