With its offer to sophomore athlete Marcus Johnson, Notre Dame should consider setting up a satellite campus at Augustus Hawkins High School in Los Angeles.
Johnson, a 5-foot-10, 165-pound cornerback, is the fourth prospect from the high school to receive an offer from the Irish.
“My coach had contacted me and my brother and he told us to call the (coach),” Johnson said. “We called him and he just let me know. I talked to coach Mike Denbrock.”
The Irish also have offered juniors Joseph Lewis and Greg Johnson, Marcus’ brother, as well as sophomore Jalen Hall.
Denbrock shared the good news with Johnson and encouraged him to return to campus after visiting last summer during a 7-on-7 tournament in Chicago.
“He was just basically telling me that he would be excited to have us both up there,” Johnson said. “We're exciting players and he talked to many people about us and he heard good things.”
That’s a visit that will happen during the weekend of April 16 when Johnson and his B2G teammates return to Chicago for the IMG Midwest Regional Tournament.
“This summer we visited Arizona, Arizona State and we went up to USC and UCLA,” Johnson said. “We're actually going back to Notre Dame in a couple weeks and my coach also said we're going to be visiting Michigan too.”
Johnson has several reasons why he’s intrigued about his latest offer.
“I was very excited,” he said. “This is definitely a big one for me. I was just very excited. It's one of the schools I like. It was a beautiful place. It's a good place to be and they seem very serious about their program.”
The Irish are also one of two teams recruiting him on the offensive side of the ball.
“A running back and wide receiver,” he said. “To me it doesn't really matter what kind of ball I play when I get to a school. It doesn't matter to me what side of the ball I play on. I don't have a preference. The only other school looking at me for offense is Oregon State. The rest are defense.”
Johnson has played cornerback ever since he started playing football, but he’s confident he could excel at any position.
“I'm just as good at any other position,” he said. “Just the fact I've been playing corner longer I'm more comfortable at that.”
Arizona, the school his brother committed to, Boston College, Cal and Colorado are among Johnson’s other offers.
“They're all pretty equal right now,” he said. “I can't really put a favorite right now.”