Though he’s currently counted as a Michigan verbal, three-star receiver Nathan Johnson of Thompson’s Station (Tenn.) Independence will announce among a trio of Michigan, Miami and Notre Dame on National Signing Day.
Notre Dame assistant Autry Denson visited the home of Johnson last week, and days later Johnson was offered by the Irish. That set in motion an official visit to Notre Dame last weekend.
“It went well, it was a great,” Johnson said. “The education is really good. It’s a beautiful place. I got to meet all the players, coaches and see campus, so it was great overall.”
Irish receiver C.J. Sanders, who played three years of his high school ball in Tennessee, served as Johnson’s player-host.
“He’s really cool, and he’s from my hometown,” Johnson said. “I knew him when he was down here, so that made things pretty chill. I knew him when he played football and ran track and field in high school. I never competed against him, but we were at the same meets. I got a feel what Notre Dame would be like from him. He said he loved it and it was a smooth transition.”
Johnson spent time primarily with Brian Kelly, Mike Denbrock and Autry Denson while on campus.
“They were telling me how I would fit in the offense,” Johnson said. “They think I can line up wide and in the slot and play all of the receiver positions.”
Johnson is done with taking visits and will enter decision-making mode.
“I need to talk with my parents now,” Johnson said. “I will probably know like three days before National Signing Day.
“I’m looking for a school with my major, a great bond with the coaches and players, coaches that care for players not only as athletes but as a person, a great college town and a great fan base.”
Jim Harbaugh could go in-home with Johnson as early as Thursday. Brian Kelly has yet to conduct his.
Johnson would be Notre Dame’s fourth wide receiver commit in this class with Javon McKinley, Kevin Stepherson and Chase Claypool on board. The Irish are still chasing Demetris Robertson and Damian Alloway at wide out, with both expected to make National Signing Day decisions.