Johnson Has Sights Set On OSU

ATH Derrell Johnson of Youngstown (Oh.) Cardinal Mooney has made it no secret where he wants to play his college football, and he is working on making it happen. We spoke with Johnson recently to get an update on his status.

Youngstown (Oh.) Cardinal Mooney ATH Derrell Johnson has a very impressive list of scholarship offers. Schools such as Iowa, Penn State, West Virginia, and North Carolina have all let Johnson know that a full ride is waiting for him regardless of his academic situation.

Academics are all that is holding up Johnson from receiving an offer from his favorite school, but he seems set on that school regardless.

"I have 10 or 11 offers right now but I want to come to Ohio State regardless," Johnson said.

Johnson has been working to get his marks up to a qualifying level and should have a better idea of his status very soon.

"I got some great news with the grades," he said. "There are a number of opportunities to take either test a few more times. (I'm going to) just keep my fingers crossed and keep working hard."

Next weekend, he will get a chance to get specifics on what needs to be done.

"I am going down next weekend to Columbus with all of the grades and academic paperwork and lay everything out and see where we stand," he said.

There has been talk that Johnson may wind up at a prep school, but he still has hopes for signing in February.

"I think I can still make it this year but I will come in as long as they want me and can tell me there is a place for me," he said.

Johnson won first team All-Ohio honors in Division IV this season despite missing much of the year with an injury. He played quarterback for Mooney but has his eye on playing wide receiver in college. In his first six games this season before suffering an injury, Johnson rushed for 720 yards on 57 carries scoring five touchdowns.

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