Rodas Johnson (Allen Trieu / Scout)

Irish ready to host top Midwest D-tackle

The guest list is beginning to form for Notre Dame’s elite linemen camp later this month. Ohio prospect Rodas Johnson is excited to take in the history and tradition of the Irish.

This month a trio of college football's top programs will get a close look at defensive tackle Rodas Johnson.

The Columbus, Ohio junior was scheduled to camp at Ohio State (June 13) and Alabama (June 17), with Notre Dame on tap too (June 24).

With camp invitations to three strong programs as well as offers from Colorado State, Duke, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Northwestern, Pittsburgh and West Virginia all within the last two months, Johnson has seen his stock rise significantly.

Notre Dame defensive line coach Mike Elston dropped by Johnson's school during the spring evaluation period and let it be known that he has Johnson on his radar.

"(Elston) talked about the campus and what they're looking for and what Notre Dame can provide which is pretty much the same situation I'm in now at a Catholic school," Johnson said.

From what the 6-foot-3 ½, 275-pound prospect has gathered about Notre Dame, he feels he would fit in quite well with the Irish and the atmosphere around the University.

Johnson mentioned Notre Dame and his current high school, St. Frances DeSales, share several common bonds.

"I like the defense they run as well as the way their campus is set up," Johnson said. "It's small, everything is compact, it's more tradition-based. It's exactly like how the school I'm going to now is tradition-based. Everything is family, the school has great tradition, it has a great past. So, the history behind the school and great academics as well."

Being from Columbus, many feel the Buckeyes will eventually offer and land the disruptive interior lineman.

According to Johnson, an Ohio State lean isn't the case.

"I'm open to any school, to be honest," Johnson said. "I'm not biased towards any school right now because it's based off the relationships you have and the campus and how you feel there and you never know how you're going to feel there. I'm open to anything."

Johnson moved to Ohio at the age of 10 with his football-frenzied family from the South.

"My family is originally from Beaumont, Texas," Johnson said. "In Texas, football is everything to us down there. My family played and I have a cousin that was able to play at the University of Houston. We brought our love for football. I love the sport and my family has always been around football."

Starting out his football career at defensive end, Johnson was juggled around both sides of the ball before finding his niche at defensive tackle.

"I started in the seventh grade and I played defensive end but I started getting bulkier as I got older," Johnson said. "I moved to defensive tackle then I moved to offensive guard. At the end of last season, they moved me to defensive tackle and I played both ways."

Last season, in only four games at defensive tackle, Johnson tallied 20 tackles, four tackles for loss and three sacks.

Receiving an offer from Notre Dame would be a big deal to Johnson and he would put them under strong consideration.

"That would mean a lot to me," Johnson said. "Me being raised in a Catholic family, being able to go to Notre Dame, the history and tradition behind the school is amazing."

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