Washington Bullis School safety Patrick Johnson started his Twitter account for fun and to keep tabs on some of his favorite celebrities. He had no idea the social media site would turn into an important recruiting tool.
“I’ve had a lot of college coaches contacting me through Twitter, more often than I expected,” said Johnson. “Now I’m setting dates for my spring visits for spring practices. There’s a lot of places that are interested.”
Johnson – a 6-0, 185-pound three-star safety – is heading to Virginia February 28, Rutgers on March 7, Boston College shortly after and a trip to Penn State. He has several more schools he would like to check out, including Wisconsin, which just offered.
“Wisconsin has one of the best defenses in the nation, which is great, and it adds a high value to have an opportunity to play for such a great defensive staff,” said Johnson. “It’s a great opportunity for me.”
While most schools recruiting Johnson have him labeled as an athlete, the Badgers are the first school to offer him as a defensive back, not a huge surprise considering new secondary coach Daronte Jones is recruiting him.
“Offensively, defensively and special teams, I train for all of them so it doesn’t make a difference to me,” said Johnson. “My coaches prepare me to be a versatile athlete…Going into (2016, Wisconsin is) going to be losing a lot of defensive players, so it’s a great opportunity for me, and I’m going to take it into consideration.”
Johnson holds offers from Boston College, Delaware, Illinois, James Madison, Old Dominion, Rutgers, Virginia and Wisconsin.
“All those schools are pretty much on the same page right now,” said Johnson. “They’re all telling me the same things, which is amazing considering they all have me on their board and have me under consideration. They like my talents and what I am capable of doing inside and outside the classroom and on the field. It means a lot to me.”