Johnson Can See Himself Living the Tampa Life

ASA - The College for Excellence offensive lineman Kelby Johnson has took two official visits, and has one more school scheduled right before National Signing Day. Which two schools are sticking out for the 6-foot-8 specimen?

Though his stay at the University of Virginia was short-lived, 6-foot-8, 310-pound offensive tackle Kelby Johnson relocated to the ASA - The College for Excellence, a Junior-College up in Brooklyn (NY), and helped guide the Avengers to a 9-1 record in 2013.

"I played really good this year," Johnson said. "Our team ended up going 9-1, we won the conference, and won the Carrier Dome Bowl in Syracuse. Pretty much, we wore everyone out this year. Personally, I only let up one sack this year and that's it. Overall, I played really good."

The mixture of prototypical size for a left tackle, along with great athleticism, has given the one time Virginia Cavalier several opportunities at the next level."

"I'm getting looks from South Florida, Kansas, East Carolina and Purdue, who just called the other day and offered me," Johnson said. "I have offers from all of them."

Fresh off an official visit to the Sunshine State to see the University of South Florida, the 6-foot-8 offensive lineman had a great time and can see himself living the Tampa lifestyle for the next few years of his life.

"South Florida is the school showing me the most attention," Johnson said. "They're definitely the most consistent school. The visit I had was awesome. The weather was great, they had beautiful girls, the city was live, and it was a really good atmosphere to spend time at. The campus and the facilities were beautiful and top notch. Everything attracted me when I was down there. It was very nice."

With a major need upfront at the offensive tackle position, the Bulls' coaching staff thinks Johnson could make an early impact in Tampa Bay, and possibly anchor down Mike White's blind side on the left side of the line for the next few years.

"They're telling me they have great weather and it's a great place to be," Johnson said. "They said I have an opportunity to come in and play right away, and they wouldn't recruit me if they didn't think I could. They also said they're in the process of turning the program around and I could be part of it.

"I really want to win as well. They want me to help me reach my goals. They said they want to help me graduate and get my degree, and then get me to the NFL."

With two official visits under his belt, Johnson has one last visit set up next month right before Signing Day.

"I'm going to go to East Carolina on Jan. 25."

With just over a month until Johnson signs his letter of intent, two schools are ahead in the race to secure the athletic offensive lineman's signature.

"South Florida did really impress me when I came down there," Johnson said. "Kansas is showing interest too and they're offering the same things South Florida is offering. It's kind of even between USF and Kansas because those are the only two schools that I've took visits to.

"Location wise, I would like to be in Florida. At the same time, I want to be in a big conference. After my visit to East Carolina, I'll probably have a leader because I plan on committing right before Signing Day."

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