When Would Rutgers Offer QB Johnson?

Bishop McDevitt (Harrisburg, Pa.) quarterback Matt Johnson made his second trip in two months to Rutgers on Saturday at watch a spring practice. He also learned when he could receive an offer, and what he would have to do to get one. Johnson talked about the experience, what he took from the practice and what impressed him the most.

Bishop McDevitt High (Harrisburg, Pa.) quarterback Matt Johnson's scholarship chances could come down to three days in late April or May.

The dates are not set, but during the spring evaluation period the 6-foot-½, 200-pound Johnson will get the opportunity to throw in front of college coaches.

Johnson made an unofficial visit to Rutgers on Saturday, and Rutgers co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Kirk Ciarrocca re-iterated his intention of attending one of those throwing sessions.

"When I went to their junior day, (Ciarrocca) was very honest with me,'' Johnson said. "The first thing that he told me was, ‘I like your film, but I'm not going to offer a quarterback until I see him throw in person.' He's stuck by that, and he's told me on multiple occasions that he can't wait to see me throw in person.

"After that happens, I'll really be able to tell whether they're interested or not. Right now, as far as I know they're extremely interested in me because they tell me at least one time a month they're excited to see me throw.''

Johnson is reciprocating Rutgers' interest. His trip to see practice and meet with members of the coaching staff was his second to the campus in two months.

And in experiencing a practice, Johnson came away impressed in many facets.

"It was a lot (more intense) there,'' Johnson said in comparing it to what he expected. "This was the first practice they had in full uniform and everyone was all juiced up. The intensity was a lot higher.''

Johnson noticed the energy in each drill.

"Everything they did, whether it was inside run, 7-on-7, wides, regular drills, if the offense beats the defense, everybody that was on the sideline that wasn't participating in that drill, ran onto the field taunting the defense.

"And if the defense stuffed the play at the line or got an interception, everybody that wasn't playing ran on the field. Everybody was all for each other, and every drill was 100 percent, and if it wasn't, the coaches were all over them.''

Johnson will travel to Pittsburgh for spring practice April 10, and said he is also being recruited by Duke, Colorado LSU and Iowa.

But after completing 67 percent (152 of 227) of his passes for 2,731 yards, 32 touchdowns and seven interceptions as a junior, he is yet to get an offer.

"They all tell me the same thing. They're waiting to see me throw in person,'' Johnson said. "At first, it was hopeful. Then it was frustrating. Now, it's just routine. I kinda got used to it.

"Even my head coach told me to just wait until they see me throw in person and the floodgates are going to open with the all the offers, and the good stuff. Now, I'm just patient.''

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