The Michigan coaching staff has been out on the recruiting trail this week and, they've already gotten things started off with a bang by securing a commitment from Ryan Mallett. With his important verbal now in tow, they are trying to secure other top flight talents. One of their first stops was Muskegon, Michigan to check in on Ronald Johnson.
"Coach English and Coach Stripling came by today," Johnson told GoBlueWolverine on Monday night. "They saw me run on the track. I ran a 4.26. They've been telling how much they want me and that I would make them so much better."
Johnson's blistering forty (which was hand timed on a track), is a clear sign that his surgically repaired knee has healed as well as could have been expected. A number of college coaches are probably anticipating his participation at the OSU Nike camp next week so they can see that progress for themselves, but it now appears that they won't get that chance.
"I think I'm going to leave it alone and just chill out with the coaches," Johnson said. "I'm probably going to go there to watch. I don't think I'm going to do anything. I do want to run the forty because I'm kind of excited about the forty time I ran here."
Whether Johnson runs or not, his suitors will surely be ringing his off the hook in the coming months trying to lure him to their respective programs. That list of interested callers grew by one last night when the four-star athlete had a conversation with the newest Wolverine verbal.
"The quarterback that committed (Ryan Mallett) called me," Johnson said to GoBlueWolverine Monday evening. "I remember him from camp last year. I intercepted three of his balls. One time he tried to throw a slant, and I just came up and grabbed it. When he called he said, 'I'm going to Michigan and I really need you to come with me.' He said, 'You've got to get down there man…I really need your help.' He said that I should come to Michigan so he could throw the ball to me. He said that he heard a lot about me and I could help him get a championship. He is going to stay in touch with me. He said he is going to keep calling."
Another Michigan commitment has also been spending his time bending Johnson's ear about the Maize and Blue. Ryan VanBergen recently enlisted Johnson's help as a workout partner and has certainly used the opportunity to put in a good word for Michigan.
"I worked out with him last Saturday," Johnson said. "It went real good. He's got a lot of talent. He can catch and run. He'll be good to go by the time he gets (to Michigan)."
"He tries to pull my arm about going to Michigan," Johnson said laughing. "You know how that is."
At this point Johnson still isn't ready to make his choice. That means that Muskegon will be a very popular place over the next few months. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish were in today, the USC Trojans will be in next week, and many more will be on their way.
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Johnson in the coming weeks.