For months, Ronald Johnson had planned on his recruitment getting a little bit simpler around this time. With his high school season set to start in a matter of weeks, Muskegon’s two-way star hoped to have his list of suitors narrowed down to a top five. However, he recently indicated that things have not gone according to plan.
“I didn’t want to do it,” Johnson said when asked if he had trimmed his list. “Everything is in the air again. It’s kind of hard because USC and Ohio State are talking to me more. Michigan is on me hard. I talked to Coach English today. They’re doing good. (Michigan) State is moving down a little bit. I don’t really know though. Michigan State is an up and coming squad. They be like one or two players away from winning.”
The standing of Johnson’s assortment of suitors will probably continue to fluctuate over the next month. During that time he will try to finalize his visit schedule. A few lucky programs have already been penciled into his itinerary. While they’re clearly a considerable distance away from home, he insists that will not be seen as a negative by him or his mother.
“I don’t think my mom really cares,” Johnson said regarding the distance factor. “Wherever I go, she is going to support me 100%. I know for sure I’m going to visit USC. I think I’m going to visit Miami and Florida, but I don’t know the rest yet.”
The number of miles away from Michigan may not carry much weight, but there a few other key factors that definitely will. As Johnson continues with his weeding out process, he will be looking for some very specific traits among the programs jockeying for position.
“I want to be a corner, and at the same time, I want to get some plays offense,” Johnson explained. “They’re saying I can play offense, kick return, and punt return. Some of the other important factors will be how the team is….how the coaches deal with the team and how the teammates treat each other. How the program is basically. Is it a good program and are they a winning team?”
“I’ve thought about (making a decision) during the season or right after,” Johnson continued. “I know it’s going to be after my visits for sure. I’m going to take all five.”
As his decision date approaches, one thing Johnson says he will no longer have to worry about is his standardized test score. He apparently got some good news recently.
“I think I qualified,” he said.
For the time being, 6-0, 190-pounder’s recruitment will take a backseat as he prepares for his return to the gridiron after missing much of last season. He has much of his explosiveness back and depending on a doctor’s report, could display it without the hindrance of a brace.
“I think they’re determining that right now because I just ripped
my brace,” he said. “Either they are going to give me another one
or they are going to see how good I do without it. It won’t hurt if I
do play with it because it doesn’t slow me down. It just protects me.
I’m 100%. I’m ready to go man. I can’t wait. Our squad is
going to be a lot better. We can get a state title. I believe we’re going
to get it this year.”