Hazelwood (MO) Central giant OT Roderick Johnson 6'8" 320 5.3 forty—took an unofficial visit to Missouri yesterday after he missed the Tigers junior day a week prior due to a commitment to visit Illinois on that same day. The heavily recruited lineman shared his thoughts on his Mizzou experience.
"It was real nice! I really enjoyed it! Both me and my Mom did," said Johnson.
"We took a tour of the campus and talked to some academic people about my major, which is going to be computer science or computer engineering. That was very helpful. Then I checked out the weight room and had lunch. Then I got to talk with the coaches and got to sit in on a position meeting. I really like Coach Pinkel, Coach Henson and Coach Ford. I also spoke to some players, including DGB. It was very helpful to get their true and honest feelings about what it is like to go to Mizzou. I like how they are seem close like big brothers and little brothers to each other. Like a family," continued Johnson.
So what did Roderick take away from his unofficial visit?
"It always changes your opinion of a school once you visit it. It changed my opinion of Missouri. I knew it was a good school and had heard how they are bouncing back and working hard to compete in the SEC. Now I know they mean it! I saw for myself how hard they are working and the work they are putting in to the facilities. It's a just a great school and someplace I could see myself going to school and playing at. I can say that now. I really like the coaching staff and their academics and how you are set up for success. They do a great job of giving you every opportunity to graduate and succeed. There is no way you cannot pass your courses and graduate unless you don't want to.People can say whatever they want about a place, but once you see it for yourself, you get the real feel for what it's about,"he said.
And Mom's all important thoughts?
"She really liked it. It changed her opinion,too. She really likes the academics and how it's a family atmosphere. The visit answered a lot of questions for her."
Johnson's spring tour isn't over just yet. He filled me in about what is on the horizon.
"I might be going back up to Missouri again for a spring practice in a few weeks or the spring game. I also might be taking unofficial visits to Michigan and Michigan State in a few weeks. I think they are only 90 minutes apart. So, I can hit both schools," said Johnson.
Up to this point, Roderick hasn't really focused on his recruitment too hard. He has a big list of offers and hasn't begun to narrow the list, and said he honestly isn't sure of every offer he has. He hopes these visit help him to begin to narrow things down, but the process is already starting to get tough.
"I can see how this can get confusing. With each visit you see things you really like. Hopefully, between these visits and my other official visits I will be able to narrow things down at some point."