Johnson Excited by Rutgers Offer

Rutgers became the latest verbal scholarship offer for Countryside (Clearwater, Fla.) cornerback Mike Johnson. A 5-foot-11 cornerback with 12 verbal scholarship offers, Johnson talked about the latest to come through.

Countryside (Clearwater, Fla.) cornerback Mike Johnson was excited to hear that Rutgers defensive line coach Jim Panagos was set to visit his school today. It got better, he said, when he learned of a verbal scholarship offer from the program to put him at 12.

Relatively unfamiliar with Rutgers until recently, Johnson said the offer excited him because of the upcoming move to the Big Ten.

"I know they're a program on the rise," Johnson said. "I don't really know a ton about them yet, but they're up and coming."

Panagos, the former defensive line coach at nearby UCF, is the primary recruiter for Johnson.

"He's a funny guy," Johnson said. "We joked around a lot but he's a great coach too."

Johnson is considering a Rutgers this summer but has not formally set any visit plans. Some early standouts in his recruitment, however, are Florida State, South Florida and Virginia.

The 5-foot-11 defensive back visited FSU for its spring game in mid-April and recently received an offer from UVA.

"They're all up there," he said. "Education is really, really important for me. That's why I like Virginia. … Also, just having a good relationship with the coaches is big. That's the main thing other than education."

Johnson has been to multiple junior days before the start of the spring evaluation period but said that they have not led to him looking at a decision. He has no time-table in sight and plans to take unofficial visits this summer before trimming his list.


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