One of the top prospects in attendance at Michigan's Atlanta satellite camp was Center Grove offensive guard Netori Johnson. The four-star standout committed to Georgia last month, but that hasn’t slowed Michigan’s vigorous pursuit. After a memorable camp experience Thursday the feeling now appears to be mutual.
“This camp was beautiful,” Johnson said afterward. “Great! My school hosted it (and) it was banging, man. I didn’t expect it to go as well as it did. I didn’t expect as many people to come out. There’s probably 300-some people and I didn’t expect that. A lot of my Cedar grove teammates are here, Michigan came out here and engulfed everything in yellow. There’s probably about 20-30 coaches. Georgia didn’t bring as many, I don’t think they brought their whole coaching staff but I think they brought a select few that I know of. Especially my boy Sam Pittman, Kirby, coach Walker. It was a great time.”
“This camp did change my opinion of Michigan. I’ll most definitely be getting up there.”
That is surely music to the ears of the Maize & Blue brass. The strong impression Harbaugh & company have had on him combined with the presence of his former high school teammate on the roster have also contributed to Michigan’s increased appeal.
“Harbaugh is a great guy,” said Johnson. “That’s a funny dude. I like him. I like how he likes to compete. We had a lot of drills out here where we were just straight competing. I like it.”
“I like this coaching staff. They’re not scared to take a risk on anything, I like the way they travel. Before this I was looking at Michigan, talk to Michigan. I like the way Harbaugh has everything in control, there’s nothing wrong with the program. He went to IMG with the whole team for practice, not too many teams can say they’ve done that. I have done that, Michigan is a place I would love to be and one of my teammates went up there, Elysee Mbem-Bosse, so I definitely have to get up there.”
“(Mbem-Bosse) wants me to be a Wolverine, man.”
As intrigued as Johnson is by Michigan now, he isn’t giving thought to flipping his commitment at this point. There is a range of criteria that would have to be met for such a consideration, and one factor will be especially important.
“I will most definitely will be brining my mom on my official visits to see if she would want to change anything,” he said. “If she doesn’t like the school, or she’s not feeling it or feel like it’s too far, there’s not too many things that’s going to change my mind. I need my family to dig where I’m attending so I can get there and they can see me play.”
Johnson plans to take all of his official visits and will make the final call on his recruitment in February.