The rehab process for Muskegon (Mich.) High defensive back Ronald Johnson continues to move along at a steady pace. The 6-1, 190-pounder's surgically repaired ACL is responding very well and he is looking forward to returning to the field next season. In the meantime, he is focusing a little more of his attention on his recruitment. This Saturday he was back in Ann Arbor this past weekend for an unofficial visit.
"It went real good," Johnson said. "My wide receiver coach Tracy Lewis came up with me. They took us on a tour of the campus. I saw more sights this time. I didn't get a chance to talk to Terrance (Taylor) while I was there, but I've talked to him since I've been home"
Despite his injury, Johnson continues to be courted by some of the top programs in the country. Even so, the Wolverines remain extremely strong in his recruitment. Johnson indicated that defensive backs coach Ron English has already identified him as one of the corners he wants to have in next year's class.
"I talked to all of the coaches that were there, but I spoke to Coach English a lot," Johnson said. "He was telling me about how interested he was in me coming to Michigan. He wants me to play corner and was asking if I had been paying attention to the defensive sets they run. He wanted to know if I'd be able to line up where I was supposed to from day one."
English has established a rapport with the young man that began building back in summer camp. Another relationship that saw its start during that time was his friendship with Orchard Lake corner Dionte Allen. As it turns out, English wasn't the only one that presented his recruiting pitch to Johnson Saturday. "I talked to Dionte Allen at the game," Johnson said. "He's real cool. He was saying we should go there together. (laughing)"
Johnson's decision timetable initially called for him to make his choice sometime after his senior season, but it would not be surprising to see him soften on that position as his recruitment progresses.
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Johnson in the coming days and weeks.