Johnson Interested In OSU

Fort Campbell (Ky.) linebacker/fullback Micah Johnson is an intriguing prospect. He moves very well for his size and already has a long list of scholarship offers from big-time programs. caught up with Johnson for the latest on his situation.

Fans who like big middle linebackers would love Micah Johnson of Fort Campbell, Ky.

The 6-2, 270-pound Johnson had 173 tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles, and one interception as a junior in 2004.

Offensively, he rushed for 1,249 yards on 121 carries and had 19 total touchdowns, including two receiving.

He already boasts an impressive list of scholarship offers.

"I've got offers from Alabama, Auburn, Louisville, Kentucky, Ohio State, Tennessee, USC, Michigan, Notre Dame, Clemson, Virginia and Maryland," Johnson said.

Johnson said most of the offers have rolled in during the last month, but he also had some early offers.

"After signing day (Feb.2) I started to get a lot more," he said. "But Kentucky, Maryland, Louisville and Michigan, they had offered earlier. But like USC just offered me (Monday). Ohio State just offered me last week. Alabama and Auburn just offered me this week."

Johnson seems to be strongly considering OSU.

"I have a very high interest in Ohio State," he said. "I've talked to most of the coaching staff. I've talked to (head coach Jim) Tressel, who I really like quite a bit. Actually, I met both Tressels (including running backs coach Doc Tressel). I've talked to the whole coaching staff. When I had came into contact with them, they reviewed my films. So, all the coaches were around when I was reviewing the films and I got to talk to all of them."

Johnson is in no hurry to make a decision. He could wait all the way until signing day of 2006.

"I'll probably wait," he said. "I just have high regards for Ohio State. Actually, (former OSU and NFL wide receiver) Chris Sanders, I just had a good conversation with Chris Sanders. Me and him had a real good conversation. He came up to the school and talked to my football team and me and him had a good talk and we exchanged numbers. We're building a strong relationship."

Led by Johnson, Fort Campbell High School went 10-2 and made it to the second round of the playoffs in 2004. Some reports project Johnson as a defensive lineman in college, but he says that is inaccurate.

"I'm a middle linebacker and occasionally I'll play outside linebacker," he said. "I'll stay at linebacker in college. No one is really looking at me as a D-lineman."

But he is getting some looks as a two-way threat. College scouts can't ignore those impressive rushing numbers.

"I had a lot of success this year at running back, so there are some schools that are looking at me as a short-yardage back, as well as a linebacker, such as Ohio State," Johnson said. "Clemson and Auburn are actually looking at me as an outside linebacker. Every school that has offered me has offered me for one of the linebacker positions, and then depending on my growth and my speed, I might have the chance to play fullback as well. But they definitely want to give me that shot to play linebacker first. Well, Maryland might be the only one that wants me more as an offensive back."

Johnson says that he does not have a favorite out of the schools that have offered.

"No sir," he said. "Just considering all my options."

Johnson lived all around the United States during his childhood.

"We lived in Kentucky for a couple years and now we're back," he said. "I've lived in Virginia, Oklahoma, Washington, California, Hawaii, Georgia, just a lot of different places."

Johnson was asked if he rooted for a particular college football team while he was growing up.

"When I lived in Kentucky previously, I really liked Kentucky," he said. "One of their players was a friend of the family. Once I hit middle school and high school I liked Miami and Michigan."

This summer, Johnson plans to attend several one-day football camps. He has not decided which schools he will be visiting.

Johnson runs the 40 consistently in the 4.9 range. He does not max in the bench, but can do 30 reps of 185.

He is not sure of his exact core GPA, but says that he is in good standing academically. He has not taken a college entrance exam yet.

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