Inside Target

A six foot seven inch tight end might not be the most logical target for a Dana Holgorsen squad, but Will Johnson saw otherwise on his visit to the Mountaineer campus this weekend.

Will Johnson, who just wrapped up an official visit to West Virginia, was impressed with the way the Mountaineers plan to use big receivers on the inside of their formation. While the perception of WVU's offense is one of small, speedy wide receivers buzzing about the field, Johnson saw a spot for his talents in the system.

"I was impressed with the way they use the inside receivers," said Johnson, who watched a practice during his visit. "They talked to me about running out of the slot and working the middle of the field."

Johnson went through a fairly standard recruiting weekend, but several aspects of the visit stood out. In addition to his fit in the system, he was also taken with Holgorsen and the relationship he has with his team.

"I got to watch him with the players, and I also got to talk to a lot of the players when he wasn't around," Johnson said. "There wasn't one negative comment. He is well-liked by all the players, and they all said they respected him. He treats them really well. I saw that with the atmosphere at practice, too. I'd like to be part of a situation like that. I like the way he treats the players. He's laid back, and he has a good relationship with them."

While Johnson rated his visit very highly, he hasn't set a firm date for his decision. A number of schools, including Oklahoma, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State and Minnesota are recruiting him, and all, like WVU, remain under consideration. All but Oklahoma have offered a scholarship, and the Sooners are calling on Johnson tomorrow.

To date, Johnson has visited Minnesota and West Virginia, but hasn't set any other visits yet. He is in the process of fielding offers for those and setting them up, and has not set a timetable for a decision.

"I want to decide as soon as I can, and I think I'll know when it's time," he said. "I haven't set a specific date yet, but I really enjoyed this visit to West Virginia. It's definitely one of the schools I am strongly considering."


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