Decision Could Be Soon for OL Johnson

Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha offensive lineman Elijah Johnson is one of the top offensive line targets left for Rutgers, and the staff made that message clear during a midweek visit. Johnson spoke with Scout about his most recent trip to New Jersey, and what it means for his upcoming decision.

The third visit of the year for Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha offensive lineman Elijah Johnson was the most important when it comes to Rutgers in his recruitment.

Johnson made the 200-mile trip north for a mid-week visit, and it was his first personal look behind the scenes.

“I got to see the campus more than I had in the past,” Johnson said. “I looked in-depth at the dorm rooms and some of the spots around campus. It was a good time.”

Johnson visited campus with his father, who also likes the Rutgers program.

“He liked it and he said that as long as you get a good education, that’s all that matters to him,” Johnson said.

Rutgers has just one offensive line commitment in its 2016 recruiting class. The coaching staff, and head coach Kyle Flood, stressed its interest in Johnson as a priority.

“They’ve told me about how they wanted me since day one,” Johnson said. “They offered me last year, and they’ll continue to want me and go after me until I make my decision.”

A decision could be soon for Johnson, who wants to narrow his list and commit by the end of July.

“It’s important for me to get it out of the way, so I can continue to get better for next season,” he said. “I want to be focused on my season.”

Johnson said he has no leaders among his offers with Maryland as his most recent one.

“It was cool to get one from Maryland, but I treat every school the same,” he said. “I had two of my friends commit there already, and that helps a lot.”

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