Camden's Johnson Enjoys Rutgers Visit

Camden (N.J.) defensive end Ron Johnson Jr. spoke with Scarlet Report about his Sunday unofficial visit to Rutgers, including key meetings and where things stand with the Scarlet Knights.

Kemoko Turay gave Rutgers a mega impact as a red-shirt freshman, and the Scarlet Knights would like to see something similar from Camden (N.J.) defensive end Ron Johnson Jr.

Johnson visited Rutgers Sunday evening with teammates, and that was the message from head coach Kyle Flood (via videoconference), assistant coaches and players.

“I would say I’m considering Rutgers very seriously,” Johnson said after his visit. “Rutgers, they’ve been recruiting me a lot. They’re always on me – the whole coaching staff. I’m not saying they’re my leader because I don’t really have anything like that. But they’ve always been telling me how they like me, and I pay attention to that.”

Johnson met with Turay and others during his visit, including defensive coordinator Joe Rossi and defensive line coach Jim Panagos.

“They were pretty cool,” Johnson said. “I really liked coach Panagos and coach Rossi too. He introduced me to Kemoko Turay and [Sebastian Joseph], and they both had good advice for me.

“I was excited about talking to [Turay] because he had a big impact for them playing in the Big Ten. He had some big games, and that’s the kind of thing I want to be doing. That was really cool.”

Rutgers hosted five key prospects from Camden during the Ohio State.

“I would love to play with my teammates,” Johnson said. “That would be important. Knowing that Rutgers is a school that so many of my teammates are being recruited by, that opened my eyes. Plus, they play in the Big Ten.”

Johnson said not to expect a college decision any time soon, however.

“That’s a long way away from now,” he said. “We’ve got camp season before I think about that.”

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