The Michigan Wolverines are leaving no stone unturned in their pursuit of defensive back talent. A number of high profile prospects have been on their radar for quite some time, but they've also kept their irons in a few fires that no one knew about. One of them is New Orleans Archbishop Rummel S Carvin Johnson. The Maize & Blue have been courting the sleeper recruit for quite some time now.
"I can't remember which day during spring, but (the offer from Michigan) came some day during the spring," Johnson said.
The point man in the Michigan's pursuit of Johnson is running backs coach and Louisiana recruiter Fred Jackson. The veteran assistant has made a strong impression on the prospective Wolverine.
"I like Coach Fred Jackson," Johnson said. "He is a great man. I think he really cares about me and he is a nice man. I enjoy him."
Johnson also enjoyed his time on campus this past weekend. His first official visit proved to be one that will be very tough for his other suitors to top.
"It was very cold but the people are great," he said. "I enjoyed the people. I spent a lot of time with Mike Cox and Tate Forcier. Tate wasn't my host but he was with Mike so we had a lot of fun together. I just love the atmosphere really. They're high up there. I love the place. It's somewhere I could definitely see myself."
Johnson's reputation as a punisher in the secondary clearly has the Wolverines welcoming that possibility.
"I'm a hard hitting safety with a lot of range and great ball skills," stated the Big Easy star. "(Coach Rodriguez) said that they're very interested in me, that I'm a good player, and they want me up there. They want me at Michigan. If I come there and work hard I can get on the field. That's what they were telling me pretty much."
The 6-1, 190-pounder would likely have the same opportunity with the other programs that have offered (Minnesota, Utah, New Mexico, the University of Louisiana Monroe, Louisiana Tech, and Tulane), but they have a great deal of work to do if they're going to catch the Wolverines.
"I only took one visit (so far) to Michigan and I like it," Johnson said. "Right now they're like #1. I like them more than most of these schools because I've been there. When I go see other schools I'll compare and I'll know. I'm really not visiting any other schools until after the season. I'll make those decisions (i.e. which schools to trip to) as the season goes along. "
"(A decision will come) after Christmas," he continued. "I want to go where they are going to take care of me the most education wise, are they really going to be there with the tutors and everything. Then who really has a great football program and who really cares about me."
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Johnson in the weeks to come.