Elite DE from Cali 'definitely' considering Vols

Tennessee's staff reached across to hand out a scholarship offer to D.J. Johnson. Read what the Scout 300 member said about the Volunteers.

It’s not easy to get a 20-plus-offer-holding prospect at a premium position to go across the country for his college football. For now at least, considering giving it a shot is D.J. Johnson.

The Scout 300 member and defensive end said he is “definitely” looking at Tennessee after receiving a scholarship offer this week.

“It means a lot,” Johnson told InsideTennessee. “It is a great program and a great family.”

The Volunteers were offer No. 21 for Johnson. The blow-up hasn't stopped there as Vanderbilt, Louisville, Notre Dame, Ole Miss and Nevada all offered in succession and all within the last week.

The 6-foot-3 ½, 221-pounder is a Scout four-star prospect and the No. 248-rated player in the nation. Johnson has already made a name for himself as a terror off the edge and ranks as the No. 4 defensive end in the West.

What attracts Johnson the most to Tennessee’s program is something that’s been echoed continuously since Butch Jones took over as head coach in December 2012 with the D-end citing “the family and tradition that they have there.”

Derek Day joined the Big Orange coaching staff prior to last season after three seasons at Iowa State. With a season under his belt, Day now knows enough about Tennessee football to sell the program tradition on recruits and is leading the charge in communicating with the Burbank (Calif.) High School junior.

The distance from Johnson’s home in Sacramento, California, to Neyland Stadium on 1 Phillip Fulmer way is roughly 2,451 miles. However, the Scout No. 21 defensive end in the 2017 class told IT that he will trip to Knoxville “whenever I can.”


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