Johnston Talks Irish

Notre Dame wants to bring speed to their secondary. They'd also like the players they bring in to be physically tough. A player that fits that description is safety Kris Johnston from Texas City High School (Texas). He won't be up from the March 4 junior day, but he already made the trip in January.

Safety Kris Johnston (6-foot-1, 185 pounds) won't be in South Bend this weekend for Notre Dame's second junior day. Kris actually made his first trip to Notre Dame last fall for the Purdue game. He returned in January to take in the first Notre Dame junior day.

"It was great. There was a lot of snow, so I got the full experience of the winter up there," Johnston responded when asked about his junior day experience. "I loved it. We got to see of the facilities. We went to the basketball game. It was a good trip.

"Coach Weis told us exactly what type of players that he wants. He said he wanted good kids, good athletes and good students. He came right out and told us what he wanted to recruit. They took us to the dorm rooms. They took us to the church and the grotto. It was great. It was overwhelming. There was a lot of stuff that stuck out. Touchdown Jesus, there's just a lot of stuff that sticks out."

After taking a tour of the campus Johnston had an opportunity to meet with Notre Dame's secondary coach Bill Lewis.

"He told us how the plan on running their secondary. He really told us how they planned to run the entire defense. They told us they were planning on recruiting four defensive backs in the class of 2008.

"When Notre Dame first came up to me they were talking about recruiting me at wide receiver. I played wide receiver when I was a sophomore, but I prefer the safety position and I think that's what I'll end up playing.

"I know that they're looking at me," Johnston said. "But I'm not sure were they are in terms of offering. I talked to coach Ianello and they said that they'd keep in touch with me. I did speak with coach Ianello last week."

Johnston made a trip to Texas Tech for a junior day and then recently attended a LSU junior day. He doesn't have a scholarship offer at this time, but that will likely end soon.

"I'll probably go to Oklahoma State and Oklahoma," Johnston said. "I've been getting a lot of mail from different schools but Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Notre Dame Nebraska, and LSU are the schools I'm hearing from most. USC has said that they'd like me to come up. I think they've seen my film. I know they want me to come up there, so I think I'll go to a camp there.

"I want to have a decision before football season starts. I'd like to get it out of the way, so I can concentrate on my senior season. I just want to have a good senior season and move on after that. If Notre Dame offered me they'd be right there at the top."

As a junior Johnston had 97 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries, 2 interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown. Top Stories