5-Star CB Enjoys Visit to South Florida

This past weekend the #1 cornerback prospect in Florida made an unofficial visit to USF. He gave USFNation the exclusive interview after touring the campus. Including his thoughts on the Bulls coaching staff, his tour of the facilities and where he stands in his recruitment. Get it only on USFNation.com!

Recruiting at South Florida has grown in leaps-and-bounds over the last few years, but it's still not often that the number one player at a given position makes an on-campus visit. That is what happen this weekend when Patrick Johnson of Ely High School made a surprise visit.

"I actually wanted to take the trip down here. My coach stays down here so I rode with him. And Coach Larry picked me up and said there was a 7 on 7 competition over here, so I jumped on a team with Hollywood Hills and have been enjoying it ever since I've been on the team."

The 5-star prospect says that he and his Dad coordinated the trip last minute, and he enjoyed the competition.

"This was great opportunity to come out here and play with these guys, I enjoyed myself."

Last season Johnson, 6-foot-1 193 pounds, had a big junior campaign recording seven interceptions and 54 tackles on defense. He recorded 11 total touchdowns on offense. Johnson returned three kick-offs for touchdowns and added 10 rushes for 213 yards. He is a "lock-down" type corner and repeatedly tortured the receivers on the other side of the ball throughout the tournament.

He came to USF mainly for the camp, however he was also a bit taken aback by what USF had to offer.

"The staff took me on a tour of the facilities, and I can't lie, the facilities here at USF are top notch. There on par with others that I've seen. I got to see the campus. It's pretty cool I really liked it"

"I got to talk to the some of the coaches here, I spoke mostly to Coach McCarney and Coach Douglas, and they treated me real nice. Overall I had a great time here. I don't have a bad thing to say."

Does this mean that he could be wavering on his commitment to Miami? After talking with him, the staff at USFNation isn't willing to say that just yet. He repeated that he is committed to Miami, the better question is how committed is he? The day he gave the UM staff his verbal he also told Mike Bakas of scout.com this:

"It's not a commitment but I have a pretty good idea," he said. "I'm just going to enjoy my senior season and see what happens."

Regardless of whether he's still committed or not, it is good to see that the Bulls could roll out the welcome mat and impress even the biggest recruits. With the momentum of moving to the Big East and competing for a conference titles, this will not be the last top prospect that makes a trip to Tampa.

As always USFNation.com will have the latest update if anything changes.


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