Johnson Still Focused on Four

Minneapolis North athlete Tyler Johnson is actively hearing from a number of schools.

The top uncommitted player in the state of Minnesota, Minneapolis North senior Tyler Johnson is in no rush with his commitment. In fact he doesn’t even know when he’s going to make his college decision.

“It was either going to be during the season or before the season, but I am not opposed until waiting until after the season,” Johnson told BadgerNation. “I’m just taking my time.”

Not only is he taking his time with his decision, but the 6-2, 190-pound prospect is no rush to visit colleges. Johnson had to postpone his late May visit to Wisconsin but said the coaching staff has invited him to games in the fall. He’s being recruited by first year linebacker coach Tim Tibesar.

“He’s a pretty cool dude,” said Johnson. “He keeps in touch with me pretty often. He just wants to build a relationship with me, which is good. I can appreciate that they want to take a player like me.”

With scholarship offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota and Wisconsin, Johnson – a three-star prospect ranked the No.50 safety by Scout.com - said each of those schools are still actively recruiting him. Of the schools, Johnson has only visited Minnesota.

“It’s been going pretty good,” said Johnson. “Basically all the coaches have been talking to me and recruiting me. Coach Kill and his staff have been building a strong relationship with me.”

Johnson is being recruited as an athlete, but the Badgers and Iowa have him earmarked as a defensive back and Iowa State seems him as a wide receiver. A two-way athlete for the Polars, playing both DB and quarterback, Johnson has started on varsity since his freshman season, helping lead his team to a state semifinals appearance and a 12-2 record a year ago.

In six games as a defensive back last season, Johnson finished with 10 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, and six interceptions – three of which were returned for a touchdown. On offense Johnson said he had 3,400 total yards and 40 touchdowns responsible for.

“I would say that I am pretty hard worker,” said Johnson. “I like to have fun, but I also want to win. I feel I am pretty humble … As of yet, I don’t have a preference to what I’m going to play in college. I’ll play wherever.”


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