Johnson Back From Penn State

After an outstanding MSL Combine at Hofstra University, Kevin Johnson camped at Penn State this past weekend. Did enjoy State College? Did he have a chance to talk with the coaches? Was he offered a scholarship?

Name: Kevin Johnson
Position: OT/DT
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 295 pounds
40 Speed: 4.9 seconds
Hometown/School: Newton, Nj. (Newton HS)


A sleeper, who impressed most at the Hofstra MSL Combine, Kevin Johnson recently attended Penn State's final session of summer camp.  Johnson arrived in State College with his parents on Saturday morning for registration and departed on Tuesday night.

His first visit to Penn State ever, what were Kevin's impressions of the camp?

"I liked it.  I thought it was professionally run," stated Kevin.  "The campus was very nice.  The atmosphere was very relaxing--trees as far as the eye could see.  It seems like a very stress free environment."

During his time there, Kevin had the chance to work with both line coaches--offensive line coach Dick Anderson, and defensive line coach Larry Johnson.  How did he split up his time so that he got experience at both sides of the line?

"They alternated sessions.  The morning practice I was usually with the offense and the afternoon practice I was usually with the defense.  During the night practice, they usually do something with us all together," explained Kevin, who was picked a couple times by Coach Johnson to be used as one of his examples during drills.

Because of his versatility, did the Penn State hint to Kevin on which side of the ball they liked him better?

"(Coach Anderson) said I could go either way.  That suits me just fine," said Kevin, who previously stated his preference was defense.  "I'll be willing to take a scholarship at any position that they give me, then change their mind once I get there."

Since Kevin had never seen Penn State's campus before, the Nittany Lion coaching staff gave Kevin a tour of their facilities--an experience not offered just any camper.  Did the coaches hint at an offer?

"After camp was over, I went back to Penn State's main building.  My family and I had a tour of the (Lasch) building.  We talked with Coach Anderson about [an offer] and he told me I was a possibility."

"I don't know where this is going to go, but Coach Anderson did say I was a possibility.  He just said that he would keep in touch."

Prior to the Penn State camp, Kevin broke a bone in his left hand (also his dominant hand) during a lineman combine in Connecticut.  Although he admitted to be a bit limited by the injury, the coaches told him they were more focused on his foot quickness, which they complimented.

Did the Nittany Lions make a positive impression on the lineman?

"I'm very interested in Penn State now that I've gone and seen the campus and trained with their coaches.  They have a very likable staff."

Although the Nittany Lions did not offer Kevin, he certainly piqued their interest.  Johnson will be a player to keep an eye on over the coming months.  With great feet and even greater grades, his stock should steadily rise as signing day approaches.

(Interview by Steve Curry)

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