Aurora OL Camping For Offer

Big Red Report first spotted Aurora offensive line Garret Johns at the Nike Training Camp in Fort Worth, TX. Johns told us he made the trip to "compete." Now it's early June and Johns is planning to compete again, this time at the Nebraska camp, hoping to earn an offer.

Big Red Report first spotted Aurora offensive line Garret Johns at the Nike Training Camp in Fort Worth, TX. Johns told us he made the trip to "compete."

Now it's early June and Johns is planning to compete again, this time at the Nebraska camp, hoping to earn an offer.

"I think if I go out there and perform well at camp, I have a pretty good shot at getting an offer. My dad has been talking to them quite a bit, including Coach Pelini," said Johns. "They haven't really talked to me about my senior year, so I think the camp is important.

I have talked with Coach Cotton quite a bit. We started talking the summer going into my junior year. He's sent me a lot of stuff and we have talked on the phone quite a few times."

At 6-foot-1, 275 pounds, Johns showed good footwork in Texas, proving he definitely has the talent to play at the D-1 level.

"At the beginning of the winter it was really picking up with Iowa and Nebraska sending me a lot of stuff in the mail. I went to both of their junior days and after that it slowed down a bit," said Johns. "Now again, it's picked up with Iowa and Nebraska. They both keep sending me a lot of camps stuff. It has been pretty hectic getting all this camp stuff worked out. It seems like they all overlap.

"I'm going to Nebraska's for sure. I will be Thursday and Friday, then on Friday night I'm going to Iowa's for Saturday. I think after the week after that, it's the Kansas State camp and the week after that, South Dakota State."

Besides for his visit to Nebraska, Johns also checked out Iowa this spring and plans to see Kansas State in the future.

"When I started this process, I was Nebraska, Nebraska, Nebraska. It would be tough to not commit if they offered," said Johns. "But, when I went to Iowa's, it was eye opening. When you are growing up, Nebraska is your life. You want to play for the Big Red. I didn't know what to expect. I hadn't been to another stadium besides Nebraska's Memorial Stadium.

"When you walk up to Kinnick, there is a big statue of Hayden Fry there with a big helmet out there. We went up to the press box and stuff. It was a lot different with the big glass windows...We went down and basically watched two plays, learning their different blocking schemes. I really understood Coach Reese Morgan. It sort of hit me on how much I learned just watching a couple plays with Coach."

While he enjoyed his time in Iowa, Johns was disappointed he didn't have the chance to compare Iowa's new weight room to Nebraska's.

"They said they are getting a new weight room, that will be important to me," said Johns. "Nebraska's weight room is pretty top notch. As far as facilities go, they are head and shoulders above Iowa.

"Coach Dobson is one of the best in the country as a weight strength and conditioning coach, so that is a real plus there."

Johns made the Lincoln Journal Star Super All-State team in 2010 and is regarded as one of the best offensive line D-1 prospects in the state.


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