Johnson Delays Decision

Three-star offensive lineman Kaleb Johnson of Edward H. White (Jacksonville) made an official visit to Miami over the weekend, and he was set to make his announcement afterward. However, he has delayed the decision for a few days, and that will allow Rutgers coach Greg Schiano to visit the 6-foot-4, 285-pounder this week.

Edward H. White High (Jacksonville) offensive lineman Kaleb Johnson was scheduled to announce his college choice Sunday, sometime after returning from his official visit to Miami.

Instead, he is delaying his choice until the end of the week, although his announcement likely will not come for a while.

"I will probably know by Friday," Johnson said. "I just want to wait until signing day (Feb. 2). I am looking at Louisville, Miami North Carolina and Rutgers. Everybody has their good things and everybody has their bad things."

The delay in making a decision could be pivotal for Rutgers.

The 6-foot-4, 285-pound Johnson made a pair of trips to Rutgers. He camped there in June, and made an official visit last month.

However, both times he came alone, and his mom is yet to meet Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano. That will change in a few days.

"He's going to be coming this week," Johnson said. "I think it's Tuesday. Just to get to know my mom is something that is very important."

Last week Johnson was visited by Rutgers offensive line coach Kyle Flood, and the two have built a strong relationship in the last month.

"I talk to him a lot," Johnson said. "He calls me every time he's allowed to call me. We talk all the time. He's a down-to-earth guy, calm. He's a good coach."

Johnson began his official visits at North Carolina in mid November, went to Rutgers in early December and tripped to Iowa State, Louisville and Miami.

But he said even though some of those visits came a while ago, those schools remain fresh in his mind.

"Coaches have been calling me," Johnson said. "Every time they get a chance they've been calling me. They remind me every week how good the facilities are, and what their place is like."

But can the Scarlet Knights overcome a late offer from in-state Miami, where Johnson visited this weekend?

However, the Hurricanes are yet to name an offensive line coach, which Johnson acknowledged was a factor in his decision.

"Meeting the coaches was the biggest thing," Johnson said of his visit, "and seeing and getting to know everybody."

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