Fla.'s Top DB Plans to Camp at Michigan

Among the top stand-outs of the Army All-American combine in San Antonio earlier this year was Ely Blanche high school lock-down cornerback Patrick Johnson. Had Boubacar Cissoko not been named MVP, it's likely Johnson would have. And, Michigan fans will be surprised about all the things he has to say regarding the Wolverines …

Among the top stand-outs of the Army All-American combine in San Antonio in January was Ely Blanche high school lock-down cornerback Patrick Johnson. In an earlier article, Scout.com said the following about Johnson: "Patrick Johnson from Pompano Beach, Fla., was rather unfortunate that he attended the same combine as Cissoko, because at any other combine Johnson may have been the best defensive back there."

GoBlueWolverine caught up with Johnson to talk some recruiting.

Johnson is noticeably an intelligent and articulate young man, but becomes a monster on the field. He is a do-it-all type player at his school, playing cornerback, wide receiver, kick and punt returner, kick-off team, and, he told GBW, "a little bit of quarterback and running back." At 6-1 and 189 pounds, Johnson has the ideal size of a top corner as well. Combine that with his aggressive and physical playing style and 4.5 speed (4.65 at the Army Combine) and you have either a top-ranked cornerback or safety prospect.

Patrick also has that defensive swagger and exudes confidence, seen in top players. When asked to describe his game Johnson stated, "I'm real physical. I just beat up the wide receivers and play the game of football. I can catch real well and I'm a do-it-all type playmaker. I excel in coverage and I'm a ball-hawk, but I'd like to improve on my cover-2. When I'm playing, I feel that one side of the field can be shut down… guaranteed."

In addition, Johnson looks up to the playing making skills of New England Patriot cornerback Asante Samuels and ex-pro-bowler and NFL star Deion Sanders. "I love watching Deion's highlights. He is an all-around playmaker with great football speed. I think I have that kind of speed as well."

As a junior, Johnson was a force to be reckoned with during all aspects of the game. He recorded 54 tackles and seven interceptions defensively, scored 11 touchdowns, including two kick-off returns and a punt return, and recorded 213 yards rushing on 10 carries on the offensive side of the ball (he couldn't recall his other stats). Additionally, Johnson is working hard to play better than he did the previous year.

Patrick talked about some of the qualities that he'll be focusing on when choosing a school. "Academics are number one because I want to really make something of my self. I will also be looking at the overall environment, the coaches and the people. I will be majoring in business so I want to go to a school that has a good business program. Finally, I want to have the opportunity to come in and make a big impact as a freshman. I don't want to go to a school that won't let you play just because you're a freshman."

Johnson sports offers from Florida State, Florida, Georgian, Clemson, Miami, Tennessee, Ole Miss, and numerous other schools. Johnson will look to visit a few of the schools since he would like to make a mid-season college decision. Johnson intends on making visits to the University of Georgia and the University of Florida.

As a Florida native, most of the southern schools have already had a good chance to evaluate him and Michigan has also been in contact recently. Although he grew up in Florida, Johnson maintains that he didn't really follow any college teams… but one team that he has been keeping an eye on over the last few years is the University of Michigan. "I watched a whole lot of their games last year. The Ohio State game stood out the most. I looked at the way that Michigan played defensively as an opportunity. I've been interested in Michigan since my ninth-grade year because I really like their defensive style and schemes."

GBW followed up with a few questions about Michigan:

So will Michigan be getting a visit at all during the summer?

"Yes, most definitely! I'll probably get up to their summer camp."

Are there any schools that stand out the most?

"Georgia and Florida State are sticking out above everybody right now, but if Michigan offered then they'd make up my top three."

With three top schools in the state of Florida, it is difficult for any school to pull a kid away from the sunshine state, but Patrick had another idea. "Actually I'm looking forward to leaving Florida. If I go up North the weather won't matter … I can adapt to it."

GoBlueWolverine will continue to keep you posted through Patrick Johnson's recruitment.









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