Safety has been a key area of concern for the NC State coaching staff and they took a huge step towards addressing those needs when they landed The Pennington )NJ) School’s Dontae Johnson on Sunday evening.
"After going through the recruiting process and visiting schools, I talked to all of the coaches and it came down to a gut feeling," said Johnson. "I felt good about a couple of schools, but I felt like I'd succeed more at NC State.
"I actually called coach O'Brien and talked with all of the coaches and told them that I would be attending NC State in 2010. They were definitely excited. They said they've been waiting on me to help conclude their recruiting class so they were definitely happy that I committed to them."
At 6-3, 180 pounds, Johnson boasted scholarship offers from NC State, Stanford, Connecticut, Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota, West Virginia, Vanderbilt, Louisville, Boston College and Syracuse. Behind the scenes, it appeared the senior defensive back had narrowed his choices to NC State and Stanford but he informed Pack Pride that his final three included NC State, Maryland, and UCONN.
"I'm done with my decision," said Johnson. "I'm firm... I'm not taking any other visits. I'll be letting all the other schools know of my decision on Monday.
"The only visit I'll be taking is to NC State. Right now my official visit will be for the Clemson game."
Rated a three-star prospect and the No. 64 safety in the nation, Johnson is also a fine student, boasting a 3.4 GPA with plans to major in Business.
Pack Pride will have more from Johnson in the near future so stay tuned!~