DeMatha OL Waiting for Rutgers Offer

Rutgers is recruiting DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) hard. Having already landed safety Lorenzo Waters for the 2011 class and having offered one offensive lineman from the school, the Scarlet Knights are now looking intently at another one. This one stands 6-foot-8, 275 pounds, and was on the Rutgers campus last month to check things out.

Kelby Johnson already has prototypical size to be an offensive tackle. Now, it is a matter of whether colleges believe the 6-foot-8, 275-pounder from DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) possess the athleticism to play it.

So far, Johnson said New Mexico told him he had an offer, and a few other schools, including Rutgers, are looking heavily at him.

"I'm getting an offer from New Mexico, and I know what other schools should be offering me, but haven't yet,'' Johnson said. "I should be getting offers from Rutgers, Maryland, Pittsburgh and maybe Boston College. All these schools I've heard (will offer), through my (advisor), and he's talked to all these coaches.''

Rutgers is a familiar name at DeMatha. Safety Lorenzo Waters signed with the Scarlet Knights earlier this month, and Johnson said the two speak about Rutgers.

Johnson also had a chance to learn first-hand about Rutgers during a trip to Junior Day last month.

"They liked me up there,'' Johnson said. "They recognized who I was when I went up there, and said they liked me a lot. They wanted to see my highlight tape.

"The workouts they do, the whole workout plan they have in the gym and the weight room, that stayed with me. They're real good at the development. That's one thing that I saw and I liked.''

Johnson, who was 6-feet tall when he was in the fifth grade, stopped playing basketball this season so he could focus on preparing his body for offseason camps and his senior season.

"We've been doing a lot of weight lifting at school, and after school we've been doing a lot of footwork drills,'' Johnson said. "Basketball, for me, was always something that was fun, but football was something I could go further, with college and maybe professionally.

"I like both of the sports equally, but since I'm not playing basketball, I'm starting to (learn) more about football, and I like it.''

Although his offseason plans are not yet complete, he did say he and teammate Cyrus Kouandjio, who holds an offer from the Scarlet Knights, are planning on attending a camp at Rutgers in the summer.

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