Johnson Names Six Favorites

Tight end Will Johnson and the Osseo Orioles regular season wrapped up with a 35-28 come from behind win over Blaine Thursday night. was able to catch up with the talented tight end and get a recap of his season and the latest on his recruitment.

"Right now we're 7-1 and we just came off two big comeback wins in the second half so we've been playing really well," Johnson said. "We were the highest scoring offense a couple games ago so we have been putting up a lot of points this season."

Johnson has been a big part of the Orioles offensive attack, especially his past two games, and is a threat to catch the ball anywhere on the field.

"These past two games I have 10 catches for 160-170 yards total. I think I'm a threat from everywhere on the field, no matter if we're backed up in our own endzone or in the redzone I can basically make plays everywhere on the field."

During this season Johnson has seen his recruitment expand to teams on both coasts from West Virginia to Oregon but he does not plan on making visits until after his season.

"Oregon has made a visit to see me, WVU, Ohio State have been talking to me. Kansas, Central Florida and Illinois have all offered," Johnson said. "I'm going to wait till my season is over before I take any visits. Then I'm going to wait and see if Ohio State offers. Oregon is trying to decide if they want me to play offense or defense and then decide to offer once they decide which position they want me at either tight end or defensive end."

Even though Johnson plays mostly at tight end, he says it wouldn't be a big deal to him if a team wanted him to play on the other side of the ball at the next level.

"It's more or less where I'm going to fit in and how I will be played," Johnson said. "I would prefer to play tight end but if there's a team that I really like and I like the team then I wouldn't have a problem playing defense for them."

With all of these new schools talking with him, one team that has been speaking with him consistently has been the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Despite their struggles this season Johnson says their play this year will have no effect on his decision.

"They've always been in constant contact with me and I will definitely play tight end for them, but they have a season they have to focus on to but they have been in contact with me," Johnson said. "I wasn't expecting anything out of this year, I was hoping they'd have a good year but it's Coach Kill's first season and he doesn't have any of his recruits in there so I won't make a decision on how they play this year."

Earlier this fall Johnson named four teams in Auburn, Ole Miss, Iowa and Minnesota but a couple of new names have recently popped up turning his top four into a top six at the moment.

"I like Oregon, West Virginia has been telling me that I would be playing multiple offensive positions and I also still like Iowa, Minnesota, Ole Miss and Auburn a lot still."

Johnson had hoped to make a decision prior to the start of the season but he now plans on making a decision after he has taken his visits.

"I'm going to wait and see who decides to offer and if any other teams step up then after that I will take my visits and make my decision."

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