2014 Hazelwood Central OT Roderick Johnson 6'6" 320, 5.3 forty, first caught my attention between his freshmen and sophomore years at a contact camp. He was hard to miss at his size, but even more impressive was the athleticism and potential you could see with his ability during the scrimmage. So, it is not surprising that colleges are coming after him early during this evaluation period, as two schools have apparently extended verbal offers.
"I believe so," said Johnson when asked about receiving vebral offers from Mizzou and Iowa. "My coach and I had a choppy conversation about it. Missouri and Iowa were by my school. Iowa on Friday and Mizzou today, and coach mentioned they talked about it and were coming after me. I really am not focusing on recruiting at this time, but it's great and an honor to have happen and get recognition this early. Both are good schools and great options to have to attend college at. I am open to all schools since it's so early."
When I have spoken to Roderick over the course of the last year, he had mentioned liking the SEC as a conference he would like to play in. So, I wanted his thoughts on the Tigers moving there since then.
"Mizzou is stepping up! The SEC is a great conference and they're coming on and going to be playing great competition. I am open to all schools, but I like Mizzou. I am attending their camp here in St. Louis at DeSmet on June 3rd. my coach said Missouri talked a lot about me and they're coming for me," said Johnson.
The athletic lineman ran a 5.3 forty during testing at his high school on April 28th at 320lbs. He has long arms, huge feet which he moves well, and he has good quickness, gets out quickly and runs well on pulls, and has good strength.
Johnson also competes in track and has a personal record of 48'11" in the shot put.
Roderick, who is also a good student, camped at Kansas State last summer, but was unsure outside of the Missouri camp where he may go this summer.
"I don't know right now. The Mizzou camp in June is it for right now. From what everybody has been telling me, I can expect a bunch of schools to start showing more interest, so I guess I will see what is out there, but for now I am just working on becoming the best player I can be and work with my teammates this summer. We've been working together and help each to be the best we can and have a winning season. That's what is important now."
ShowMeMizzou.com will continue to follow Roderick Johnson's recruitment.