Ronald Johnson keeping his options open

Scout.com's No. 2-rated cornerback prospect Ronald Johnson of Muskegon high school (Mich.) injured his knee early into his junior season so he hasn't played much football in the past year. All that is changing, as are the questions about the health of his knee.

There were questions about Ronald Johnson (6-foot-1, 180 pounds) and his ability to bounce back from the knee injury he suffered last season. The questions are fading just like the opponents he and his teammates are facing in the summer passing leagues.

"I'm working out as usual," Johnson said of his summer activities. "We've been doing the seven-on-seven tournaments. We've won everything.

"Actually my brother is as good as I am and he's taken a lot of pressure off me. I used to get triple-teamed, but now they have to worry about both of us. He plays receiver.

"We're a year apart, Johnson said. "He'll be going through all this [recruiting] stuff next year.

Ronald could play several positions at the next level. Some schools are recruiting him as a receiver, and some want him as a defensive back.

"Defensive back or receiver," Johnson replied when asked which position he was being recruited to play. "This year I'll play corner, free safety and receiver. I think I'll play mostly cornerback [in college] and maybe a little receiver. I don't know how they're going to do it. "

Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State, Tennessee, USC, Notre Dame and UCLA have been the schools most frequently associated with Ronald, but he isn't ready to focus on any one particular school.

"I haven't even narrowed it down yet," he said of his college options. "I'm going to be doing that soon, maybe sometime during the season or at the beginning of the season."

Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State will likely be in contention until the end, but there are other schools that will have their say. USC is recruiting him heavily and his close friend Dionte Allen is currently visiting Florida State.

"USC is still in touch. They're recruiting me pretty hard," Johnson replied when asked about the Trojans recruiting efforts. " It's going real well with them. I talk to Brian Carroll. He's a real good recruiter.

"I like Florida State, but I haven't really been talking to them."


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