NJ product wants to come home

When players leave high school to attend junior colleges, academics are not always the reason why. Prospects can attend a junior college and thrust his name back into recruiting circles and hopefully get a look from someone. One such former (N.J.) player did just that, and is now looking at a handful of schools including Rutgers.

Roswell (N.M.) New Mexico Military Institute defensive back Ki`Ameer Johnson (6-2, 198, 4.4) is hoping for the opportunity to return to his New Jersey roots. Prior to enrolling at NMIT, Johnson played his prep football at Hudson Catholic (N.J.). Johnson will take his first official visit this week.

"I'm taking an official to Rhode Island (1/5)," Johnson said. "Rutgers has been showing a lot of interest in me, Coach Susan said they want more film of me."

Getting a chance to play for the hometown school would be a big deal to Johnson, but not a necessity.

"I just want a chance to play ball at the next level," Johnson said.  "It would be nice to play at Rutgers."

Johnson finished his sophomore season with 41 tackles, five sacks, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery. He registered four interceptions as a freshman.

Johnson is slated to graduate in May, but since he was eligible when he enrolled he may not stay.

"If I like it at Rhode Island, or Rutgers comes through I may leave," Johnson said. "I came here to gain more exposure, so once I have the opportunity to continue my education I may jump on it."

Johnson has heard from others besides Rutgers and Rhode Island including Connecticut, East Carolina, New Mexico, New Mexico State, and Liberty.

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