Irish watching Ohio sophomore

It didn’t take long for Antwuan Johnson to crack the starting lineup at Springfield High School. The sophomore also has made an early appearance on many recruiting boards, including at Notre Dame.

As a freshman, Antwuan Johnson was slotted as a backup linebacker. That quickly changed after he recorded 11 tackles in Week Two and earned the starting job.

Now a sophomore, the 6-foot, 216-pounder from Springfield, Ohio holds three scholarship offers and interest from several other top college programs including Notre Dame, Ohio State and Michigan.

“I heard from Notre Dame, Indiana came by to see me, Michigan, Ohio State, Minnesota, Rutgers, Duke, Florida State touched base with me a little bit,” Johnson said. “I went to O-State for a game and I visited Bowling Green, Cincinnati and Kentucky for junior days.”

Kentucky, Louisville and Bowling Green all have offered and several other schools are on the verge of joining that group.

Notre Dame assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Mike Elston visited Springfield High during the spring evaluation period to get a look at Johnson.

“He came down when we were going through drills,” Johnson said. “We went through pro agility, shuttle and the star drill. He told my coach I looked good and he’d be back to see me.”

Johnson hopes to hear from several schools in the south.

“I like Miami of Florida, South Carolina, Alabama and just a lot of down south schools,” he said. “I’d love to go there and get the chance to increase my speed and get a different version of playing football. I know a lot of down south teams have a lot of linebackers that go high in the draft so hopefully one day I’d get to play in the NFL.”

Johnson’s freshman year ended with a disappointing 2-8 record but he is confident the Wildcats have better days ahead of them.

“Freshman year was kind of funny because I came in and I was second string for my first game. Second game I got in and had like 11 tackles so after that I kind of took the position over after that,” he said. “We didn’t have such a great season. Our team has been a losing program for a little while but we’re changing it this year.” Top Stories