Penn State Nike Camp MVP- Andrew Johnson

When it comes to recruiting, everyone likes to say the big three states are Florida, California and Texas. Well after doing two Nike Camps in Florida and one in Southern CA, the best talent we've had at any camp this year was at Penn State with the star of stars that day being running back Andrew Johnson.

To say Johnson was impressive this past weekend would be a huge understatement. Forget how he tested, which we'll touch on later. His showing in the position and one on one drills was enough for our camp running back coach to say Johnson was the best back he has worked with at any camp this year and "it was even close."

Johnson, 5-10.5, 199 pounds out of Pittsburgh (Pa.) North Hills has all the tools to be a big time player at the next level. His speed is off the charts but unlike a lot of track/football players, he's not stiff at all, has a great wiggle and balance and can stop and start on a dime. He also showed the best hands of any back at the camp and was more physical than we expected.

"I thought I was the best guy out here," the confident but not even close to cocky Johnson said. "I really wanted to be named the Camp MVP before the camp started. I was actually hoping to share it with my boy Anthony Morelli who I think is the best quarterback in the country. I had a great time and look forward to going to the Nike camp at Virginia Tech as well."

The Hokies are a school on Johnson's short list and he'll be taking an unofficial visit to the school May 18. The Nike Camp at Va Tech will be May 17 so Johnson will be able to kill two birds with one stone- try to break the all time fastest 40 record he tied and visit one of his favorites the day after.

"Kevin Jones (Hokie RB) is my boy and I'm excited to see him," Johnson said. "The following weekend, I'm going to visit UCLA. We have our state track meet May 23-24. I'll be leaving Saturday night as soon as the meet is over to head to Los Angeles. Anthony (Morelli) will already be out there so he'll be able to come and get me at the airport.

"Right now, UCLA and Pitt are my top two. Pitt is the local school, one of the first to offer me and they didn't sign a running back last year. With UCLA, I've always liked them, they have a good combination of athletics and academics and they always have a great track program. That's one big edge they have over Pitt because I'll definitely be running track in college.

"Anthony and I talk almost every day about going to school together and he likes UCLA and Pitt too. I'm also looking at Michigan and Miami. I'm not sure what other unofficial trips I'll take this summer but I do want to make an early commitment so I can focus on just football and school during the year."

Despite being what we feel is one of the top five backs in the country, Johnson has just a handful of offers but there's a good reason why. He played four games at Central Catholic last season before transferring to North Hills where he was ruled ineligible. As a result, he doesn't have any film from his junior season at North Hills and Central Catholic, as you might imagine, isn't sending tape out of his four games he played there.

"All I have is my sophomore tape," Johnson said. "I think only a handful of schools have seen it but I've heard just about every top program in the nation will be coming to the school in the next few weeks so I'm not worried about it."

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