Things have been moving at a rapid pace lately in the recruitment of Washington D.C. Dunbar LB Javarie Johnson, but not quite as fast they appeared to in the early hours of Sunday morning. While working the Scout.com combine in Baltimore this morning, Scout.com analyst Bob Lichtenfels was told by Dunbar coach Craig Jeffries that Johnson had verbally committed to the Michigan Wolverines. GoBlueWolverine immediately followed up on Lichtenfels' report by contacting Johnson himself for comment and he made it clear that his coach has misunderstood.
"I had a good visit (to Michigan), but I didn't commit," Johnson said.
The thing that did change, and the source of the misunderstanding between coach and player was the newly received offer from the Maize & Blue.
"(The visit) went great," said Johnson referring to his time in Ann Arbor. "Everything went great with the coaches and everybody. I met Coach Rodriguez and Coach Dews. They're good people. They offered me right before I left. The visit definitely gave them (a better) chance. Michigan is a very good school."
The 6-3, 211-pound athlete possesses an impressive blend of size and speed. His versatility had new defensive coordinator Greg Robinson seeing possibilities.
"They want me as a hybrid linebacker," Johnson explained. "I could either check the receiver, blitz off the edge, or get down in the three point stance… all the ways you could use me. I'll play where ever I can fit at. That's exactly what I do (in high school)."
After leaving Ann Arbor Johnson made his way to East Lansing, and reported having a good there as well.
"They had me take a tour a campus and I got to see all of the football facilities and all of that," he recalled. "It was good like every other school. I like their defense and the coaches there are all right."
Johnson stopped short of naming any favorites after his trek through the Great Lake State. At this point he is concentrating on maintaining an open mind.
"I've got nine offers now… Maryland, West Virignia, UCONN, Illinois, Iowa, New Mexico, Michigan State, Michigan, and NC State," he stated. "All of them are saying the same thing. You can find something different in all of the schools, but it's just a visit. It's something to go off of in the future when I'm making my decision."
There will be a number of factors that play into that final choice, but the one that will weigh heavier than all the rest is trust.
"I gotta be able trust my coaches and I gotta like my coaches," Johnson said. "If I am going to be around them for four years, I gotta be able to trust and like everybody, the environment has to be good and the education has to be great."
"I've vibed with all of the coaches that have bee recruiting me. Coach Dews from Michigan is a cool dude."
One factor that won't play a role is proximity to home.
"Distance is not a problem for me at all," he said. "All my grandmother wants me to do is go to college. She doesn't care where."
With nothing tying him close to home and no definite leader at this point, the door is still open for other suitors to enter the mix… but it is closing very fast.
"I'll make my decision probably before the season," he said. "I'm not sure though. Time will tell if I take any other visits. I don't have any planned, but ‘m pretty sure there will be. I do have a Penn State camp coming up next month,"
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Johnson in the coming weks.