Tejay Johnson sets official visit to Rutgers

One of the top targets on Rutgers' recruiting board is Egg Harbor Township (N.J.) High receiver/cornerback Tejay Johnson, and Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano broke out the helicopter to go and see him play at Hammonton (N.J.) High. After the game, the speedy Johnson, who is the state 100 meter champ, said he will take an official visit to Rutgers the weekend of Dec. 12.

An emotional Tejay Johnson celebrated Egg Harbor Township (N.J.) High's 23-19 win at Hammonton High with smiles, hugs and a raised chin as the Eagles clinched the Cape-Atlantic League American Conference title.

In front of a standing room only crowd that included Rutgers coach Greg Schiano, who made a grand arrival before kickoff via helicopter, the speedy Johnson caught a touchdown pass and also was instrumental in the running game.

Minutes after a fourth-down stand in the closing minutes preserved the win, Johnson spoke with ScarletReport.com. He said he noticed Schiano on the sideline, and added he would take an official visit to Rutgers the weekend of Dec. 12.

"Rutgers is a great program,'' said Johnson, who plays receiver, tailback and cornerback. "They were the first people to see my talent, first people to throw me out a scholarship. I always keep coach Schiano close. I talk to him on the phone hours at a time, and we have great conversations.

"He's also saying that if I chose somewhere else, because Rutgers may not be the place for me, he'll still support me mentally. This is a rough time where coaches are feeding you stuff, and some coaches are for real and some coaches are fake. I definitely know he's for real, and I'm happy I get to go there Dec. 12 and share some more memories with them.''

Johnson is the fastest high school player in New Jersey. He won the 100 meters at the Meet of Champions with a time of 10.67 seconds, and the Scarlet Knights are looking at him as a receiver.

One other thing going through Johnson's mind is Rutgers' quarterback situation. Freshman Tom Savage is off to a fine start, and the two could spend plenty of time perfecting the passing game during the next three years. It was something on his mind as he saw Savage's game-winning pass to Tim Brown last week at Connecticut.

"I have thought about it. I definitely have thought about it,'' Johnson said. "He is a great quarterback. He fit the ball right in between (UConn's secondary) to win the game.''

Johnson already tripped to Nebraska, and he added Michigan recently requested game film. The game over is over, but Johnson's weekend is only beginning. He was set to leave Saturday morning to travel to Cincinnati to begin an official visit.

As for winning the American Conference title by defeating Hammonton in a battle of unbeatens, Johnson was ecstatic.

"This means the world because it came down to unity,'' Johnson said. "Nobody in our league believed we would beat Hammonton. You look on the internet, and it was a 14 point (Hammonton) victory, a seven point victory over us. That is just the internet services, but we came out here and worked hard as a team.

"We showed everybody we're no joke. We're out here, we're a good team, and we're working as hard as anybody, if not harder. Most likely harder.''

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