Dual-Threat QB Meets With SMU Coach

Saint Paul Cretin Derham (MN) QB Ricardo Johnson III visited SMU

SMU is definitely making it clear that the future of June Jones' Run N' Shoot would ideally include a dual-threat quarterback running the show with the addition of Houston Lamar quarterback Darrell Colbert.

But now Ricardo Johnson III out of Saint Paul Cretin Derham (MN) could be the next dual-threat offered.

Johnson came all the way down to Dallas from Minnesota with his father to visit SMU on Friday and then to camp on Saturday. Johnson spent a few hours with quarterback coach Dan Morrison talking football and getting a tour of the campus.

"We talked about an hour about the new installation that they're going to have with coach Mumme and they're pretty excited about that. It was really interesting to talk football with him," Johnson said. "I think coach Morrison schematically and personality wise really matches the kind of player I am."

With the expected changes on offense for SMU now becoming a reality, Johnson just had to focus on playing his best at camp, and he believes he did.

"I think I played pretty well at the camp," he said. "There was some good talent down there, and I was happy to go compete down there and learn from the coaches."

Even though Johnson, who holds an offer from Hawaii, knows that SMU has other offers out to quarterbacks, he said the coaches told him that their interest is real and that if SMU cannot land one of the quarterbacks with current offers, there's a good chance he could earn a scholarship.

"I think it depends on whether or not the two offers to 2014 quarterbacks commit (Christian Chapman and Jordan Severt)," Johnson said. "If both of those guys don't commit then I think they could be close to offering, but if they commit they said that they're going to be good on quarterbacks."

Being from Minnesota, it's tough to imagine that the Mustangs went up there to scout the 6-foot, 170-pounder, but Johnson has been using a recruiting coordinator, Julie Corona, based out of Florida to help his recruitment and Corona's relationship with the SMU staff led to the camp invitation.

Overall, Johnson loved spending time on camps with Morrison, who had some good tips for him to take back to Minnesota.

"We pretty much just talked about what he likes to see in a quarterback. Accuracy and where the eyes go on defense," Johnson said. "He talked about how the quarterbacks throw fades we like to look at our work so watch the ball, but that takes away from accuracy. We talked about my footwork and that's one of the greatest aspects of my game besides my accuracy."

Even though most would consider Johnson to be a dual-threat quarterback, he thinks of himself a little differently.

"I consider myself a drop back passer with the ability to make plays and that's what coach Morrison and their new coach, Coach (Hal) Mumme, really like to see," Johnson said.

"I think my first tendency is to throw so I love going out and throwing multiple touchdowns on defenses, but if I could bring my running talents into the game, I think that would increase the offense that Coach Jones has set up."

Johnson has also been hearing from Wisconsin, where he has made a couple of trips, California, Missouri, Michigan, Michigan State, FAU, FIU, South Florida and Indiana and even though he doesn't have a favorite, he knows what he wants in a school.

"Whatever school I go to, it's going to need really high academics because academics are most important to me. Then a great football team and then the coaches," Johnson said. "I want an opportunity to compete and for the coaches to work with me."

Johnson has no timetable for a decision, but will make more trips this summer.

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