Jaleel Johnson Plans Minnesota Visit

One 2012 prospect who has been racking up interest and offers is defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson, of Montini Catholic High School in Lomard, Illinois. Johnson took the time to chat with Goldensports.net about his recruitment and his offer from Minnesota.

Jaleel Johnson is a 6-foot-3, 290-pound defensive tackle out of Illinois who is currently the 23rd ranked defensive tackle in the country by Scout.com. Johnson is a 2012 recruit who has been getting more and more looks and offers from big time programs. When asked how his recruitment is progressing Johnson answered, "It's going really good, I'm actually talking to Iowa, Wisconsin, Vanderbilt, Minnesota, and MSU (Michigan State) the most right now."

This impressive list of teams can be attributed to the type of player Johnson is. He described himself as a player saying, "I'm very physical, strong, and quick. I can also dominate on both sides of the ball." Johnson also possesses the leadership qualities that many college coaches covet. "As a teammate, if I see one of my guys down and giving up on himself, I'm usually the one how gives them that motivation to come back out and just kill our opponents," said Johnson.

Johnson is also a highly motivated player who wants to continue his growth both on and off the field to prepare for his jump to the college level. When asked how he plans to do this, Johnson responded, "Continue what I'm doing now, just non-stop hard work, from the classroom to the weight room to the field."

With a handful of offers including Iowa, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Minnesota, Johnson is taking the recruiting process slow and does not have a leader at the moment. He does plan to check out some schools in the near future, including a planned visit to Minnesota on April 22nd and a possible visit to Michigan's spring game.

Johnson says that he is looking for, "A place where I feel comfortable with the coaches and players and the people around me," in his search for the right school. When asked what he was hearing from the Gophers he said, "Well they did offer and just that it's a nice place to go to school."

Johnson's combination of skill, size and work ethic could make him one of the most sought after defensive line prospects in the country. Stay with GoldenSports.net for the latest on the Gophers' recruitment of Jaleel Johnson.

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