Florida Athlete Johnson Talks Irish Offer

Notre Dame went to Island Coast High (Cape Coral, Fla.) to land Aaron Lynch, and the Irish are back at the school recruiting athlete T.J. Johnson. He told IrishEyes.com he was offered by the Irish, and he spoke about his knowledge of the program and his plans for the recruiting process.

T.J. Johnson went into the weekend know two things about Notre Dame:

Former Island Coast High (Cape Coral, Fla.) standout Aaron Lynch is there, and the Irish run a spread offense.

Johnson, who is 5-foot-8, 165 pounds, was able to tick off a third item on his list when Notre Dame offered.

"It just came out of the blue," he said. "They called me coach. He just told me Notre Dame wanted to offer. They watched my film."

Notre Dame assistant coach Tony Alford was the one who offered Johnson, who is looking to play receiver in college.

"All I know is that Aaron Lynch went there," Johnson said. "We played on the same team but I don't really know him. He is just one of the guys from the school."

The Irish's interest is so new to Johnson that he wasn't sure if he would make a visit, or even how the Irish envisioned using him. However, he knows what he is looking for in a school.

"I want a spread offense, and a hurry up pace," he said. "It gives me open space and lets me go 1-on-1 with the defense. I can play really anywhere but I am thinking either slot or anywhere on the outside."

Johnson learned of the Notre Dame offer after making an unofficial visit to nearby South Florida, which also extended an offer. He was also able to meet with the coaching staff and spoke to coach Skip Holtz.

"I learned about the program," he said. "The talked about what kind of offense they run and what kind of team they are and what they are trying to be. (Holtz) is real cool."

Johnson also holds offers from Miami, Mississippi and Tennessee, and he is planning a March visit to Florida State.

"Everything is even right now," he said. "I'm not trying to rush picking a school."

As a junior, Johnson rushed for 681 yards and 10 scores on 47 carries, and he caught eight passes for 257 yards and four touchdowns.


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