Tejay Johnson Talks Rutgers Visit, His Status

Former Egg Harbor Township (N.J.) High receiver Tejay Johnson was hoping to bring a downfield threat to Rutgers in 2010. However, he wound up at Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy. Johnson made an official visit to Rutgers this weekend, and then spoke to ScarletReport.com about his trip, his status with the Scarlet Knights and what his future holds.

Rutgers commit Tejay Johnson hasn't talked much publicly since he was ruled ineligible and headed to Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy, but the former Egg Harbor Township (N.J.) High receiver and state track champ spoke to ScarletReport.com following his official visit to Rutgers.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Johnson said he had a tremendous conversation with Rutgers receivers coach P.J. Fleck and plans to enroll in January.

"It was good," Johnson said of his visit. "I got to be back with squad and try to get to a national championship for the future. They had a lot of adversity this year, including the injury to Eric LeGrand, but everything will be good."

The most pressing situation with Johnson is getting a qualifying SAT score, and works closely with Fork Union coach John Shuman to prepare for the test. He is hopeful of getting good news in about a month.

"Coach Shuman is a good guy," Johnson said. "He's a guy that can help me academically, and that's what I need help with, academics. I took the SAT last week. Hopefully, I get a better score. I'm feeling very confident in it."

Because of paperwork issues, Johnson didn't arrive at Fork Union until late in the season. He played in two games and had a handful of receptions, but that isn't why the 2009 New Jersey 100 meter champ went there.

Johnson went to improve his academics, and his commitment to the Scarlet Knights did not waver.

"They stuck by me and gave me a chance to go somewhere else and better myself and gave me a chance, and that makes me like the school that much more," Johnson said. "I like the coaching staff that much more. They believe in me that much, and that I'm a key to what they need, and they took a second chance on me to get to where I needed to be.

"I wanted to go and play as a freshman, and I felt like I could. When I was told I couldn't go and had to go to a prep school, they said I was a great player and I could help their program. I was down, but now I'm back up."

During his official visit this weekend, Johnson spent time with Fleck.

"He told me they were going to put me on the field, hopefully this year," Johnson said. "He's a very good coach. He knows what he's talking about. Just by watching film, he gets intense in it.

"I can't wait to start with him because he reminds me of myself, but in a coach's position. He's fiery about the game and a lot of passion. I can't wait to work with him so he can make me as good as I can be."


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