Rutgers Lands Johnson Commitment

Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha three-star guard Elijah Johnson verbally committed to Rutgers Thursday during a ceremony at his school. Johnson chose Rutgers over finalists West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Maryland, Illinois and Boston College.

An already big offensive line class got even bigger for Rutgers Thursday following the commitment of 6-foot-6, 310-pound Elijah Johnson.

Jonson of Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha announced his verbal commitment to Rutgers Thursday where he joins 6-foot-6, 300-pound Nick Krimin and 6-foot-6, 320-pound Justin Morgan on the line. He is a three-star prospect and the No. 21 guard in the East region.

Overall relationships, including Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood, Drew Johnson to the Scarlet Knights over finalists Maryland, Illinois, Boston College, West Virginia and Pittsburgh.

“I like coach Flood a lot,” Johnson said. “It’s great that I could have a coach who knows the offensive line. He pays a lot of attention to the offensive line so I can develop better in college. That’s a big factor for me too.”

Rutgers was the first verbal offer for Johnson, who visited three times during the offseason. The final visit, an early June stop alongside his father, proved decisive.

“They were my first offer, and they’ve been the same after that,” Johnson said. “They’ve always recruited me hard. … The last time I visited, I got a chance to see the facilities and how they train their players. I got to see the dorm rooms and all of that.”

Johnson is the first DeMatha commitment for Rutgers since safety Lorenzo Waters.

“I like to dedicate myself to hard work like I did at DeMatha,” Johnson said on the next step. “I’m not going there just to think about going to the NFL. I’m going to go there to play hard and win a championship. I’m going to work my hardest and give a great effort overall.”

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