Gophers DE signee TaMarion Johnson wants a shot at the in-state Michigan State Spartans

Southfield (Mich.) defensive end and new Gopher signee TaMarion Johnson is the latest Gopher to sign in the 2016 class and he went in-depth with to share more about his reasons to sign with Minnesota. What is your current height and weight? What weight would the Minnesota staff like you to report at this summer?

TJ: 6'5" and 205 lbs. I need to get up to 215-220 lbs by the summer. What are your individual and team goals you hope to accomplish during your college career?

TJ: I want to be an All-American and lead college football in sacks. As a team, I want to win the Big Ten championship at least twice. What are you looking to work on the most this spring to prepare yourself for Big Ten football?

TJ: Getting stronger and faster and work on using my hands more. What future moment are you looking forward to the most as a Golden Gopher?

TJ: Winning games. What was the main reason you chose to attend the University of Minnesota?

TJ: I felt like it was my best option and I fit everything there. What team do you want to beat the most as a Gopher and why?

TJ: Michigan State because they over-looked me. Is there any unfinished academic business or are you all set to enroll at Minnesota?

TJ: All set. If you don't make it to the NFL, where do you see yourself in 10 years?

TJ: Coaching college football. What is it about Coach Claeys and the coaching staff that makes you want to play for them?

TJ: I like their defensive system and I think I can succeed in it. I also like the family feel they give off. What is something you learned about the University of Minnesota that surprised you during the recruiting process?

TJ: How nice the city and campus are. What position do you expect to play at Minnesota? What other position did the Gopher staff mention as a possibility?

TJ: Defensive end and maybe outside linebacker. It all depends on how I gain weight. What have the coaches told you regarding how they plan to utilize your strengths as a player?

TJ: They want to use me to rush the passer. Have you had any communication with other Minnesota recruits and if so what?

TJ: I'm in a group chat with the other commits. What player do you model your game after and why?

TJ: Jadeveon Clowney because he uses his speed and length the way I want to. 

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