On Saturday night, Nate Johnson received the news from Commodore coaches that he had picked up an official offer from Vanderbilt and it might be a game changer for the local star receiver.
“I feel blessed and honored to gain an offer from Vanderbilt. It’s my first SEC offer but it also comes from a strong academic school and a place that is local. I am very interested in Vanderbilt and I am excited about seeing them this weekend,” said Johnson.
This Saturday, Vanderbilt has a home game versus the Kentucky Wildcats. Johnson will be in attendance and it will be his 1st of two visits to the Commodores campus.
“I am taking an unofficial visit this weekend to Vanderbilt and in January, I will take my official visit,” he said. “I am looking forward to hanging out with the other recruits, especially with my man Deuce Wallace. It will be fun to see the team play in person and learn more about the program in general.”
Johnson is currently committed to Purdue and has been since June 25th.
His commitment to the Boilermakers hasn’t stopped Vanderbilt or other schools from recruiting Independence’s star receiver. According to Johnson himself, the Commodores have been in touch with him for 6 months now and have slowly built their case in hopes of bringing the local 3-star into the fold.
“I have been talking to Vanderbilt for about 6 months and they have done a good job of selling their program and letting me know how much they need playmakers,” he said. “I like the coaches and how they represent themselves. I have a lot of interest in Vandy, so I’m hoping this weekend’s visit goes over well.”
Vanderbilt is not the only new school to throw their hats into the ring.
Northwestern has increased their interest in Johnson and is planning to be in town on Thursday to see the Independence receiver in person with a possible offer in hand.
“I have been talking to Northwestern a lot lately as well. I am expecting them to see me at school on Thursday and I think they are planning to offer me. I like Northwestern. Their academics are strong and their program is good too. I am planning to visit them, I just don’t have any dates set as of now.”
As you can see, Johnson is becoming a wanted man and it is well due. The 3-star receiver is a dynamic offensive weapon and someone who is wise beyond his years when it comes to running routes and being a dependable sure handed wideout.
The offer may be a little late but the Vanderbilt Commodores have a strong shot at bringing Johnson into the 2016 class. A possible switch of commitment is in the air and this weekend’s visit will certainly help with that happening.