Malcolm Johnson Claims Favorite

Three-star wide receiver Malcolm Johnson has a favorite. The sunshine state prospect took his official visit to Rutgers during the weekend of Dec. 14. Johnson talks about his official trip to Scarlet Knight country, his co-favorite and the possibility of any additional schools that may be making some headway for the Floridian's services.

Rutgers is still the favorite school for 6-foot-1 slender wide receiver Malcolm Johnson out of Bartow, Fla. "It's between Rutgers and Virginia Tech right now," Johnson said. "I went on a visit to Rutgers and to their camp over the summer and that was good. That's what has them on top so far."

On Virginia Tech, Johnson said, "The coaches up there were real nice and I seen they had a good campus when I went on my unofficial visit there."

Arkansas is also still in the hunt according to the three-star wide receiver and he's still planning a visit with them. He did go on a visit to Piscataway, N.J. to visit Rutgers and considered it a good trip.

"It was good," Johnson said. "My host was receiver Tim Brown and he was good. We talked about school and he told me not to make a decision too early and not go to a place that I don't like. One thing about Rutgers is they make sure you eat, they fed me a lot."

Johnson also got to meet the Rutgers coaches. "I met Coach Schiano, the defensive backs coach [Coach Demarest] and wide receivers coach Robert Jackson. All the coaches are the same. They all seem like good coaches from watching them during practice."

Even though he's in Florida, he did follow the Scarlet Knights during the season. "They are good when they want to be," he said. "They are as good as they were last year but they just didn't play like it. It was a rebuilding year for them and they should be better next year, especially if I go there."

To Johnson, it's his persistence on the practice field that makes him so valuable to a college. "I work hard," he said. "Whoever is guarding me is also going to have to work hard if they want to keep up. I make others around me work hard and get better."

Johnson finished his junior year with 26 catches for 709 yards and seven touchdowns. On defense, he had 23 tackles and one pick at corner.

In what will factor into the Bartow Senior High School receiver's final decision, academics and the coaching staff will play a key role. "I want a place with a good academic program and that they make sure I'm doing my work," he said. "Location isn't a problem. The coaches are important because it depends on what I feel about them and if I feel comfortable."

As of right now, there's no confirmed time of when Johnson will make his final decision. "Hopefully soon," he said. "But I have to talk to my mother and father."

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