NJ speedster Johnson on recruiting, Rutgers

Egg Harbor Township's Tejay Johnson is one of the fastest athletes in the state, and his versatility has attracted plenty of attention. He already visited Nebraska and has a Big East trip scheduled for next week. Is he a running back, receiver or defensive back? Johnson talks about where things stand in his recruiting, whether Rutgers is still involved, and where he may take his final visits.

Egg Harbor Township (N.J.) High athlete Tejay Johnson said he will temper his official visits for a while after making a trek to Cincinnati on Nov. 7, but he said several schools are still in the running to get one before he makes a college decision.

Recent interest by Georgia has Johnson excited – the Bulldogs staff requested his game film recently -- and he also believes a trip to Florida will come to fruition.

Johnson already visited Nebraska last month, so if he visits Georgia and Florida, he would have one official visit remaining.

"I think I want to visit Florida. They want me to come down there,'' said Johnson, who is one of the fastest players in the state. "If Georgia says they are very interested after they watch my game film, then I'll definitely go out there. And then I have to pick one more school I have to go to.

"If a schools says they want me to come out for an official visit and I respect their program enough, and the coach has paid attention to me during this whole thing …it won't be a random school out of nowhere.''

Johnson said he has written offers from Rutgers, Syracuse, Cincinnati and Nebraska. And he said he has not ruled out the Scarlet Knights, and could attend either the Nov. 12 game against South Florida and Dec. 5 meeting with West Virginia.

"They're still on my radar,'' Johnson said. "I've been up there four or five times already. The coaches are saying they want me to come up for another game. It doesn't have to be necessarily an official visit because I live so close.''

Although the 6-foot-1, 195-pound Johnson is playing running back and cornerback this season, he said most schools are saying his position will be determined once he arrives on campus.

"I prefer to play in the backfield,'' Johnson said. "I've been playing there my entire life, and if I get a gigantic offensive line, I can do whatever I want to. Any game where I get a perfectly blocked play, I'm gone.

"If I go to the college level and I have some big 300 pound guy (blocking) in front of me, I can get in the open field and make some moves.

"Everybody is really recruiting me as an athlete, and let me come in and see what I can do in certain positions. When I went to Nebraska, they said they had no problem whatsoever with me playing offense or defense. ‘'


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