Rutgers Hosts Big DeMatha OL

Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha offensive lineman Elijah Johnson visited Rutgers to see a spring practice last week, and breaks down the latest in his recruitment as one of the Scarlet Knights' top targets in the trenches.

Rutgers had big returning visitor last week in multiple ways when 6-foot-5, 290-pound offensive lineman Elijah Johnson took in a Scarlet Knights practice.

The Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha offensive lineman went back to Rutgers for the second time in a month. He saw an in-depth look inside the program at junior day, and got a look at his first practice on high-energy Saturday.

“I liked the tempo of practice and how hard they were working,” Johnson said. “They were really high-energy for the whole practice. It was important for me to see that because I wanted to see the way the coach talked to the players and the way they communicated during practice.”

Johnson represents a key regional target as Rutgers coach Kyle Flood looks for the finishing pieces on his 2016 offensive line. Rutgers holds commitments from Glen Mills (Pa.) Garnet Valley lineman Ted Field and Metuchen (N.J.) St. Joseph’s lineman Nick Krimin.

Johnson now holds offers from Wake Forest, West Virginia, East Carolina alongside Rutgers.

“I don’t have a list of top schools or a leader,” Johnson said. “I would say that Rutgers is up there because I like that program a lot. I don’t have a top school right now.

“I’m looking for a good education first, and a good football program is obviously important too.”

While visiting, Johnson caught up with former DeMatha star Lorenzo Waters, who is hard at work in training for the NFL after he captained the inaugural Rutgers Big Ten season.

“He’s a pretty cool guy,” Johnson said. “He was telling me how it was and how they do things there. He told me what it would be like to play there, and how the coaches are good to you.”

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