There’s now just two schools that Cass Tech (Mich.) three-star cornerback Donovan Johnson is choosing between: Virginia Tech and Penn State.
And Johnson will be making a final decision soon. He’s already taken one official visit and will have one more coming that will seal his choice.
On Sept. 17, Johnson officially visited Virginia Tech for its game against Boston College. On Dec. 3, he plans to officially visit Penn State, with a decision coming the following week. And with the Nittany Lions, Johnson said he’s ready to see for himself what he’s heard from the coaching staff.
“They’re just saying they can’t wait to get me down there,” Johnson said. “It’s kinda the same thing. It’s pretty much the same, just maintaining a relationship with them. I’ve gotta see how it is, compare it to Virginia Tech and then I’ll be ready to make my decision.”
Though Penn State will get his final visit, Johnson said he’s maintained steady communication with the Hokies. He’s also laid out his plan to them.
“I’ve been keeping in touch with them, too,” Johnson said. “They’re just talking about, I told them about my decision. They know they’ve gotta wait ‘til I take my official to Penn State. When I went down there, it pretty much told me everything I didn’t know. I just have to know the things I don’t know right now.”
Throughout the process, Johnson said he’s had a solid relationship with assistant coach Brian Mitchell. That’s extended back to Mitchell’s previous stop as coach, at West Virginia.
“It’s great between us two,” Johnson said. “We keep in touch like twice a week. I talk with him, Coach Foster, all of them. They’re just saying they can’t wait to get me and stuff. They’re saying to keep in touch and it would be great to have me.”
Mitchell has also discussed Virginia Tech’s plan to play Johnson at nickel back, before moving up to one of the two cornerback spots.
“Whatever gets me on the field,” Johnson said. “It’d be great to learn that position too, so I can be more useful on the field.”
With his final decision, Johnson said it will come down to a few primary factors.
“Man, it’s gonna be a hard one,” he said. “It’ll probably come down to how I fit in, the atmosphere there and the coaching and my opportunity to play.”
At 11-0 this season, Cass Tech will play Saline (Mich.) Friday in the quarterfinals of Michigan’s Division I state playoffs. And until his season concludes, Johnson said finishing strong has been his primary concern.
“I’ve just been trying to focus on the football season,” he said. “I feel like Ive been playing alright but not up to my potential. I just see spots I can improve on and I will.”