Senior Plans

Offensive lineman Justin Johnson is firming up his plans for the recruiting process.

Justin Johnson didn't take the standard route for players being recruited during the summer prior to his senior season. He didn't take part in any football camps or make any visits other than some unofficial stop-ins at West Virginia, where his brother, Josh Jenkins, is a starter on the Mountaineer offensive line. Instead, the Parkersburg native spent much of his time working out with his high school teammates.

"At Parkersburg, we had our three week summer period where we could work with the coaches, and we did a lot of work on our own before and after that," he explained. "We organize our own workouts too. We work five times a week."

While some may question the wisdom of bypassing the chance to be seen by college coaches on the summer camp circuit, Johnson thinks the regular workouts with his teammates have benefited him greatly.

"My footwork is a lot better than last year, and I've been getting stronger," he said of his summer work, which alternates between strength and agility work. "That's something Parkersburg has always done."

Johnson has also been working on the mental side of his game, and is using game film from his junior season to prepare for his final prep season.

"I have tapes of all of the games, and I watch them to see what I need to work on and correct mistakes. I do that on my own."

Of course, recruiting is an issue that never goes away, and Johnson hasn't been ignoring it. He plans to take official visits to the three schools that have offered him (West Virginia, Ohio and Marshall) but has another hurdle to clear first.

"I haven't taken my ACT yet, and you have to do that before you can take an official visit," Johnson said. "I plan to take the next one coming up, and then I will take official visits to all three schools that have offered me. I could take other officials too, if I get more offers."

Most observers believe Johnson will accept West Virginia's offer and join his brother at WVU. He has been a regular fixture on the Mountaineer campus, taking in every home game last year.

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