Johnson Trying to Narrow List

Osseo (Minn.) tight end Will Johnson has been busy making trips around the country visiting colleges such as Auburn, Mississippi, Minnesota, Iowa and Iowa State. was able to catch up with the talented athlete and discuss the latest on his recruitment and his interest in the Gophers.

Offers started coming in earlier this spring when the big tight end (6-foot-7, 250 pounds) picked up his first from the Gophers. Since then, Johnson has added offers from Auburn, Boston College, Iowa, Iowa State, Mississippi and Northern Illinois.

When it comes to cutting down his list Johnson is finding that task to be somewhat difficult.

"I've been trying to cut my list down a little bit," he said. "I have to take a look at everything that I have done this summer and figure it out here and see if anything comes up."

When it comes to naming his top schools Johnson has enjoyed four schools that he has visited but is certainly open to others.

"I definitely enjoyed my visits to Mississippi, Auburn, Minnesota and Iowa," Johnson said. "It's not like it's a closed top four. It could change any time."

The schools at the top of his list all have a number of things that Johnson is looking for.

"All of them have a great atmosphere, great coaches at all of the schools, and they all have offenses that use the tight end real well," he said.

"I also want to see where I fit in their program, want see what they want to do with me as a person and with player development," he added.

Johnson is also looking at the academics of each institution.

"It's a good school, education wise it's at the top with all of the other schools that have been talking to me," he said of the University of Minnesota. "I've thought about majoring in education and coaching but it seems like that field has been tough to get a job in so I've been reconsidering that."

With an offer from the in-state Gophers, Johnson has formed a quick bond with the new Minnesota coaching staff.

"I've built a real good relationship with them," Johnson said. "Coach Kill and I know each other really well. I went to their spring camp and talked with the coaches there. I've definitely built up a good relationship with them."

The new staff has definitely made an impression on Johnson.

"It seems like they've brought in a lot of good recruits and a lot of top players have committed there," Johnson said. "Everything I hear has been positive and they've been accepted pretty quick. All of the in-state commits have been talking to me quite a bit trying to get me to come there."

The Gopher coaches have big plans for Johnson if he chooses the Maroon and Gold.

"Minnesota told me that they'll use me as a true tight end on the line and moving me around from time to time which is pretty similar to how the other schools plan on using their tight ends," he said. "They'll move the tight end around throughout the whole offense making it a pretty versatile position."

With some of the top teams in the country vying for Johnson, when can fans expect a decision?

"I want to make a decision as soon as I personally know exactly what I want to do and I'd love to do it before two-a-days start but that might not happen."

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