Johnson can't wait to get back on the field.

It won't be long before Ronald Johnson of Muskegon high school (Mich.) gets backs in pads, but it that time can't come soon enough. Scout.com's No. 2-rated cornerback prospect injured his knee early into his junior season and he hasn't made a return to the field since. That will come soon.

Ronald Johnson (6-1, 180 pounds) recently told Scout.com's Brandon Huffman that Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State, Tennessee, USC, Notre Dame and UCLA were the teams that stood out to him at this point of his recruitment.

"USC, Michigan State, Michigan, and Kansas State are the schools that are coming on hard," Johnson replied when asked which teams were recruiting him the hardest. "Recruiting is going good, but I haven't talked with coach Weis since I talked to him when he came down to visit. Everything else is going good though. Mack Brown is supposed to call me back. I don't talk to coach Tressel much, but I do talk to coach Haynes a lot at Ohio State.

"I talked to coach English (Michigan) tonight. He wanted to see how things were going as far as football and working out. I told him everything is going good. I'm at 90 percent, but I feel like I'm at 100 percent. I guess when they test my leg I don't straighten it out all the way, but like I said, I feel great."

It has been eight months since Johnson's knee injury, but he's ready to get back into action. His team is starting seven-on-seven camps and his first full football practice is in the first week of August.

"I can't wait, I'm really excited," Johnson said of his anticipation of his first practice. "We've been hitting in the gym without pads, that's how much I want to get out there and play. The team wants it just as bad as I do, and we've just been hitting without equipment. We weren't really tackling, but we were roughing each other up."

Johnson and his teammates were going to participate in a seven-on-seven camp at Notre Dame, but those plans have been scratched. Johnson wanted to get to South Bend to see the campus again, but more importantly he wanted to face the competition from other states.


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