Johnson camps at Minnesota

Minneapolis (Minn.) North athlete Tyler Johnson has long been a priority for the Gopher coaching staff since his offer a few months ago and the interest seems to be reciprocated as Johnson camped in the Twin Cities on Sunday. GopherDigest caught up with Johnson after camp to learn more about his recruiting.

Minneapolis (Minn.) North athlete Tyler Johnson has long been a priority for the Gopher coaching staff since his offer a few months ago and the interest seems to be reciprocated as Johnson camped in the Twin Cities on Sunday. GopherDigest caught up with Johnson after camp to learn more about his recruiting.

"I had a chance to work at both wide receiver and defensive back today and I felt that I did pretty well at both of them," Johnson said to GopherDigest. "Defensive backs coach Jay Sawvel told me to keep working this summer, especially on the things he taught me today. Wide receivers coach Brian Anderson told me to just keep attacking the ball when the balls in the air. Attack it and don't wait for it. Coach Kill is pretty cool and I talked with him today and he just cracks a lot of jokes with me. He told me to keep working hard and have a fun summer. The staff wanted me to camp to try and figure out what position they want me at, so as far as I know, I'm still offered at athlete."

Minnesota's camp is the start of the a busy summer with college visits for Johnson.

"I didn't get to visit Wisconsin last weekend as I was planning on, but I have a few with my dad here soon," Johnson explained. "I think Michigan State told me to come down next weekend and Iowa State told me to come down in about two weeks to see things, so we'll see what happens here. I actually got an Iowa State offer a few days ago and my high school football coach is the one who told me about it. Their running backs coach is the one who offered and it was at wide receiver. I'm also trying to set up a visit to Iowa sometime this summer and I'll try to take a visit down to Wisconsin in the summer or fall too."

Being from Minneapolis, Johnson has a lot of in-state ties to the Gopher program.

"Jeff Jones and I are pretty close actually. I call him my brother, big brother actually. I have a lot of trust in him as he knows what's right and wrong for me and he keeps me posted on everything with Minnesota. I'm going to make a decision here in the next two to three weeks about if I want to play basketball or football in college so I can go from there, but I'm still just taking everything as it comes right now and am in no hurry to make a decision."


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