Johnson intrigued by Vols' recruiting success

Class of 2015 standout Sterling Johnson recently received a Tennessee offer and is already extremely interested. Read why and find out who else is vying for his talents below.

The offers keep pouring in for Scout three-star Sterling Johnson.

The 6-foot-4, 270-pounder has seen his stock skyrocket in recent weeks, hauling in several high-profile offers within the last month.

Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, South Carolina and more have all come knocking, but Johnson's offer from Tennessee on Feb. 1 particularly peaked his interest.

"I just feel very blessed to be in the situation I am," Johnson told InsideTennessee.

The Cleveland (N.C.) High School standout has been keeping a close eye on the 2014 recruiting rankings and says he's been "curious" for a while as to what has been "brewing" over there in Knoxville.

And he'll get to see for himself soon enough.

Johnson plans to attend the Vols' junior day in the next few weeks with trips also tentatively scheduled to Ohio State, Florida and Florida State.

"I know (Tennessee's) been struggling the last couple years, but that recruiting class they have is something to mess with. That looks real promising," Johnson told IT. "They have some studs. I've always thought I've been a high caliber player like those guys they're bringing in."

Johnson admits his knowledge of the Tennessee football program is very limited – other than what his sister, who is friends with and went to the same high school as graduated Vol Daniel McCullers, has told him – but the Class of 2015 standout has been trying to make up for lost time.

Johnson said he's been reaching out to Tennessee linebackers coach Tommy Thigpen in recent weeks and describes their relationship as "growing, but great."

"I like him a lot," Johnson said. "I can already tell he's a fun guy and a really, really good recruiter."

Johnson lists a good relationship with coaches and a "great" game day atmosphere as the two things that will matter most in his still-young recruitment.

While Johnson has never soaked in a game at Neyland Stadium, he says watching a Vols game on TV is enough to know their game day atmosphere qualifies as "great."

"I've seen them play on TV and that stadium is awesome. That looks like, just wow. I'd love to see a game there," Johnson told IT. "I know they have a really awesome fan base, you know, for that many people to show up and support them. I can't wait to see what that game day atmosphere will be like once they turn things around."

During his eye-opening sophomore season, Johnson logged 80 tackles, 51 tackles for loss, three forced fumbled and eight sacks.


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