For now, visits still haven’t been worked out. Cass Tech (Mich.) three-star cornerback Donovan Johnson does concede that he has six schools standing out.
Penn State, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Missouri, Oregon and Arizona are the front-runners in the race for Johnson. But he remains open to other possible offers and schools that could get involved, as he works on setting up visits.
“I’m just making sure it’s the right fit for me,” Johnson said. “My parents will like it a lot. It’s not too close and not too far. I wanna make sure the coaches love me, make sure I like the coaches, make sure I fit in with the team, it’s a lot.”
This summer, Johnson said he took visits to Missouri, West Virginia, Pittsburgh and Ohio State. Each offered a bit of clarity on where he might fit best.
“At Mizzou, the coaches there were all over me,” Johnson said. “They knew what they were talking about. They seemed like they were on a mission. At West Virginia, the coaches were real cool. I could tell jokes with them. I fit in well with them. I have a good relationship there. At Pitt, the coaches seemed like…I don’t know how to explain.”
Johnson has yet to visit the Hokies, but they certainly remain in strong contention.
“I like ‘em a lot, I’ve just gotta see how the facilities are and be around the coaches,” he said. “I’ve just gotta feel them out some more.”
A big reason for Johnson’s interest is assistant coach Brian Mitchell. Their relationship spans well back to when Mitchell was on the staff at West Virginia.
“He has coached a lot of great DBs,” Johnson said. “He’s at a good program right now. They do well with DBs at Virginia Tech. We have a good relationship and when he came to Cass, we talked a lot. We didn’t just talk about football, it was like family and stuff. It’s not just football with him.”
Johnson said he still isn’t sure where he’ll take official visits to this fall. He hopes to have at least a few set by the first of the month, though a decision is likely further away.
“I wanna decide towards the end of the season,” Johnson said. “After I take my officials, I’ll know where I wanna go. Or, right after the season.
“It’s hard, because I have a good relationship with all of my standouts.”