After missing much of his junior season at Muskegon High, Ronald Johnson is itching to get back on the football field. His desire to put on his shoulder pads and button up his chin strap again is so strong that he has shied away from visiting the practices of his list of favorites. The only session he has made it to thus far was Michigan's opening practice last month. He did recently travel to Columbus, Ohio to get a feel for what the Buckeyes have to offer, but he did not observe them on the field.
"I went down to Ohio State to check that out," he said. "I was down in Dayton visiting my sister so I just went on over. It wasn't for a practice though. Me…you know how I feel about it… I'm ready to get out there! (laughing) I just went over to see the campus."
Johnson is contemplating putting aside his need to play next weekend when the Wolverines hit the field for their open practice next Saturday. For now, though, his attendance is still up in the air.
"I might make it down next weekend," Johnson said. "Coach Annese might come up with something. That's it until football starts. I might start taking my visits sometime during the summer."
Johnson's plan to take most, if not all of his visits during the season signals that he is still in no hurry to pick a school. "I'm not going to make a decision yet," he said. "I'm just going to let it ride out. It's still probably going to come after my season."
For the time being, Johnson is focusing on school and continuing his rehab on the track. The 6-0 180-pounder is almost back to full speed, and he plans to demonstrate that in competition during the spring and summer. Things are going so well that he has found the time to help one of his friends work on getting faster. Recent Michigan commit Ryan VanBergen will be working with Johnson to get his speed down.
"We've been knowing each other for a while," Johnson said regarding he and VanBergen. "He was up at the (Michigan) camp with me too. He called me and told me he committed. We're going to work out (Monday). He wants me to help him with his 40. I'm running track right now. I'm running the 4x100 and that's it. I'm not running anything else. I'm going to go down to the Nike camp (at Ohio State) to run the 40 and the shuttle, and then just leave."