Micah Johnson: Dangerous Weapon

Fort Campbell (Ky.) defensive tackle/linebacker Micah Johnson (6-2, 252, 4.8) claims 40-plus offers but has narrowed his favorites. He's also dropped weight and plans to play linebacker in college. Here's the latest.

Fort Campbell (Ky.) defensive tackle/linebacker Micah Johnson (6-2, 252, 4.8) claims 40-plus offers and has narrowed his favorites to Virginia, Auburn, Louisville, Alabama, Kentucky, Georgia, Michigan, Louisiana State and Virginia Tech.

"I don't really have a favorite yet, but I do like Kentucky, Georgia, Michigan, LSU and Virginia Tech probably the best right now," Johnson said. "Everyone is looking at me as a linebacker except for Louisville, which is looking at me as a running back. I know that I was possibly projected as a defensive tackle, but I have dropped a lot of weight and have gotten faster, so coaches have indicated that I can come in early in the linebacker position.

"I like Kentucky because it is a growing team. Within a couple of years they should establish themselves. My brother, Christian Johnson (offensive tackle), plays for them. He's a true freshman that has seen a lot of playing time, so that makes me interested.

"Georgia has been my first official visit (Sept. 9, no others set)," he said. "I liked it a lot. I loved the coaching staff -- that was my biggest thing -- I really liked their staff. Being at the game was great. It was close, so that made it high energy in the stadium." Johnson attended the game versus South Carolina, won by the Bulldogs 17-15.

"My hosts were freshmen Antavious Coates (defensive back), and Joe Cox(quarterback). I stayed at a hotel right in Athens. We went around campus, and they showed me the facilities and the dorms. We ate dinner. Just regular stuff."

According to Johnson, Middletown South (N.J.) running back Knowshon Moreno was the only visiting prospect. "We got along well."

"Michigan has a good tradition, and that is what has attracted me to them. I like the linebacker coach (Jim Herrmann) and they are a powerhouse. Also, education is big for them.

"LSU really has a reputation as a quality program and you can expect big things from them," said Johnson. "They are also shallow in the linebacker position.

"Virginia Tech basically has the same contributions to offer as LSU. It would be good to be a part of such strong football programs.

"I am looking for good tradition in a program. Having a sense of comfort with the campus and the coaches is important too. I am looking for a place with a good family atmosphere."

Johnson has rushed for 750 yards and 12 touchdowns with 60+ tackles for Fort Campbell (7-0). Next game is against Muhlenberg South (Greenville) on Oct. 14.

2.3 GPA/October first-time ACT/November first-time SAT


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