Delando Johnson talks recruiting

Delando Johnson has added a couple of big offers in the last two weeks with more projected to come his way. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound defensive back, who plays at Calvert Hall College High School in Towson, Md., received early offers from Youngstown State (as a sophomore), Toledo, and East Carolina. Now the ACC and Big Ten have come calling. Johnson talked with DeaconSports about the latest news.

"A couple of weeks ago Coach Himebauch was at the school watching me work out," said Delando Johnson. "We talked on the phone later in the day. He said I was a great player. He liked the way I move on the field, my creativity, and my intensity. And he thought I'd fit in their system well.

"Obviously, Wake Forest is a well-known program in college football. It's a great school, but I need to do more research on them. I'm definitely planning on visiting campus over the summer probably for a camp."

Soon after the Wake Forest offer, the University of Illinois became Johnson's first Big Ten offer. He visited Penn State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Boston College during the spring.

"I think Penn State and Boston College are on the verge of offering me. Georgia is also showing a lot of interest. I'm going to wait until signing day to make a decision so I can further weigh my options and take my official visits.

"I want to find a great defense with the right system for me. I'd like to be in a nice, cool, family atmosphere. I'd really like to play on the West Coast. It's so beautiful out there, and I'd like to experience a different way of life. I've been talking to coaches at Cal, USC, and Arizona."

Johnson performed nicely at Calvert Hall last season playing safety and wide receiver. After the season he went to San Antonio for the U.S. Army Underclassmen Combine where he was selected Combine Honorable Mention.

"The biggest thing I noticed was my increased speed," said Johnson on his junior season. "At safety I played aggressively and made plays. I had 55 tackles, one tackle for loss, and three forced fumbles. On offense I have good ball skills. I made 15 catches, two for touchdowns.

"Next year I want to do whatever I can to help make my team successful. I'm going to step up as a leader and encourage everybody to do their best."

The Calvert Hall Cardinals finished 10-2 in 2011 with a two overtime loss to Gilman in the MIAA Conference A Championship Game played at Johnny Unitas Stadium. A week later they would rebound to defeat Loyola Blake Field in the 92nd annual Turkey Bowl.

Johnson is currently running the 110 and 300 meter hurdles and the 100 and 200 meter dash events in track and field. He plans on competing in a number of 7-on-7 tournaments with his team this summer. Johnson reports things are "great" in the classroom.

Calvert Hall is a Catholic college prepartory school and have noable alums in atletics, like Juan Dixon, and in business, like former IBM CEO, Sam Palmisano.

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