Playoffs First for Johnson

Florissant (MO) Hazelwood Central offensive tackle Roderick Johnson is focused on his team's current undefeated record, which means recruiting is on the back burner until playoffs end. Even though Johnson is pushing aside his recruiting, the college coaches are not.

Florissant (MO) Hazelwood Central offensive tackle Roderick Johnson is not attempting any kind of juggling act when it comes to his senior season, academics or recruiting.

The Hazelwood Central Hawks are coming off an undefeated season at 9-0 and cruised through their first playoff game Friday against Howell North (3-6) by a 41-7 margin. Even the four-star offensive tackle - currently ranked No. 9 in the country by Fox Sports Next - feels the need to make improvements despite an unblemished resume.

"This week, our team needs to focus on getting better so we're fully ready for the playoffs," Johnson told Badger Nation. "Individually, I've been working on improving my hip flexibility, zone steps and not leaning. There's a lot to work on as an offensive lineman so I try get better at every aspect of it."

With Johnson staying focused on his team and individual game, there's not much time left to think about the recruiting process. The 6-7, 320-pound tackle has yet to take any official visits, and with games every Saturday throughout the regular season it would have been impossible to try.

While the official visits and the decision-making will have to wait until after the Hawks' playoff run, the college coaches are still making their presence known.

"I talk a lot to the offensive line coaches and recruiters from mostly all the schools such as Florida State, Illinois, Iowa, Ole Miss and Ohio State," said Johnson. "I haven't heard from Wisconsin in a long time though so I don't know exactly how that's going."

Johnson has a total of 12 scholarship offers and hears from most of the coaches on his list, which also includes Alabama and Missouri, but yet nothing from the Badgers. Wisconsin gave the four-star recruit his most recent offer in early September, but Johnson hasn't been in contact with any of head coach Gary Andersen's staff.

But with Johnson not making a final decision any time soon, the Badgers still have time to recruit the tackle and add some depth to the roster.

"I know Wisconsin is a very big on offensive lineman, and it's common for those players to go on to the next level," said Johnson. "That's an aspect of Wisconsin that definitely still interests me."

Johnson plans to take all five official visits and announce around signing day.

Badger Nation Top Stories