Johnson Back from Rutgers; Awaits Return Trip

DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) offensive lineman Kelby Johnson made an unofficial visit to Rutgers for the spring game, and got a chance to meet a pair of important coaches for the first time. He also was told what it will take to get a scholarship offer, and when one may be on its way. Find out what Johnson had to say about the visit, and why Rutgers has not yet offered.

DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) offensive lineman Kelby Johnson believes once Rutgers sees him workout in person, and once the Scarlet Knights view of his game film, an offer will come his way.

It did with Virginia, and once programs visit DeMatha Catholic during the spring evaluation period and really see his talent, offers will follow.

For now, though, Johnson is checking in with the programs recruiting him the most, which is why he traveled to Rutgers for the spring game.

"They invited me before,'' the 6-foot-8, 285-pound Johnson said. "I knew they had a coaching change for the (recruiting) coach in our area, so I wanted to meet the new coach, and meet the offensive line coach because I hadn't got the chance to meet him before.''

Johnson spent some of Saturday speaking with offensive line coach Kyle Flood, and he also met with defensive line coach Randy Melvin, who is his recruiting coach.

"They were saying how they want to get in more contact with me,'' Johnson said. "It's been through letters, but I think (the interest) should pick up now because they're going to come down and watch me at the workouts.

"I didn't make a tape. The only school that's seen a film of me is UVa. When I went up there for one of their spring practices, I gave the coach a game tape, and they offered me the next day.''

Johnson said when coaches come to watch him workout, he will give them a copy of one of his game films.

His trip to Rutgers served several purposes. He already visited the campus on junior day, but with only a few handfuls of prospects at the spring game, it gave Johnson the opportunity for more in-depth conversation with the coaching staff.

"I got to talk to the coaches more, and actually got to see the team play,'' Johnson said. "I took stuff out that I could compare to other schools. I was looking at the program, the academic stuff, the facilities, the coaching staff and the style of play. They pass the ball a lot, which is good. They're real aggressive defensively.

"I thought (Flood) was a pretty cool guy. He pulled me aside and talked to me a little bit. He said he wanted to come see me and that they're really interested. He seems like a nice coach.''

Johnson holds offers from Virginia and New Mexico, but Clemson, Maryland and Rutgers already told him they would come to see him at DeMatha.

"As of right now, the leader would probably be UVa,'' Johnson said. "But after next week, I don't know because after workouts I could get more offers and find out what other schools are interested in me''

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