Ronald Johnson hadn't had much contact with fellow in-state cornerback Dionte Allen in recent weeks, but the two talented youngsters did chat a few days back when Allen decided he would play his college ball in the south at Florida State. Johnson was initially surprised that his new friend chose to commit so early, but after listening to Allen's rationale, he understood the decision.
"He said he wanted to hurry up and get it out the way," recalled Johnson. "He had people, like his coaches and everything, influencing him to do it early. He really liked Florida State, and that's where he wanted to go so he went there."
Any thoughts that Johnson will follow his friend's lead pull the trigger in the near future are misplaced. The five-star prospect dispelled talk that he is leaning toward making a decision.
"I don't know nothing yet," he said.
What Johnson does know is that he isn't at all opposed to going to school far away from home if it's a situation that he believes to be the best fit. The sentiment that distance from his mother would make him reluctant to follow through on choosing a program outside of the state of Michigan has been upsetting at times.
"Sometimes it bothers me, but I don't really look at it now," he said. "(The people that say that) don't really know nothing. My mom doesn't have any problem with me going away."
Johnson said that he intends to take one of his visits to USC. However, his first trip of the season will most likely be within driving distance. He plans to be one of the 110,000-plus in attendance at the Big House when Michigan takes on Vanderbilt September 2nd.
"It's at home so I'll be there probably," Johnson said. "I'll probably bring a couple of people with me."