L.A. Linebacker Mark Johnson Lists Three Offers

Last week GoBlueWolverine.com introduced two players from Los Angeles who, we had been told, had received offers from Michigan. GBW sources confirmed the offers, and we recently spoke with one of the players.

Michigan defensive backs coach Ron English is making the rounds in his recruiting area, which covers most of the Western U.S. GoBlueWolverine.com was told that Michigan had offered a pair of Dorsey High School players -- linebacker Mark Johnson, and wide-receiver Stafon Johnson (no relation). GBW recently spoke with Mark Johnson, who reports three offers. "I have offers from Tennessee, Florida, and Michigan," he said. "Tennessee was the first, along with Florida a couple weeks ago, and Michigan was here on Friday and told my coach I had an offer."

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Johnson reports a 4.4 in the 40, along with a max bench press of 300 to go along with a squat over 500. "I've never maxed out on the squat," he said.

Johnson said he attended Junior Days at USC and UCLA, and is torn regarding leaving home or staying. "Half of me wants to stay close to home so my friends and family can see me," he said. "The other half wants to go see other places. I'm not sure which side will win out."

Which school on his offer list does he favor? "I like them all," he said. "I grew up a Michigan fan and I really like Braylon Edwards," he said. "That's big-time football up there."

As a junior, Johnson reports over 150 tackles, along with 11 forced fumbles, eight sacks, one interception and one blocked field goal. He said he plays centerfield on the Dorsey baseball team, and runs track. "But I am all football in college," he said. "I want to play inside linebacker, that's where the schools are recruiting me to play."

Mark and Stafon aren't the only two Dorsey Johnson's in which Michigan may be interested. "Coach English was looking at Stafon's cousin, Barry Johnson," Mark said. "They didn't offer, but they took a good look." Barry Johnson is a 5-foot-11, 215-pound wide receiver with reported 4.4 speed in the 40.

GBW will keep you up to date on all the Johnson's of Dorsey, and other Michigan targets that are surfacing, stay tuned.

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