Brodhead RB looking for offers

Adam Johnson has kept a busy schedule this spring

Adam Johnson, a class of 2006 running back/cornerback prospect, enjoyed a busy six-day span recently.

On May 26, Johnson pitched the Brodhead (Wis.) baseball team to victory in an regional opener for the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division 2 playoffs. Two days later he participated in the combine in Akron, Ohio. Tuesday, he was back on the mound, hurling his second no-hitter of the season in a 4-0 win over Dodgeville, Johnson said in a telephone interview Tuesday evening.

Johnson is being recruiting by Division I programs in both sports, but he has yet to receive a scholarship offer.

The 5-foot-9, 172-pound athlete posted some respectable numbers at the Akron combine. His 7.09 seconds in the three-cone drill was the second quickest time among running backs at the event and the sixth-best mark overall. His 4.22 in the pro agility run was the top result for any running back and was tied for 12th overall. He ran a 4.66 in the 40-yard dash.

"It was a blast," Johnson said of his experience in Akron. "I could have had a faster 40 time but it wasn't nothing to lose sleep over."

For the one-on-one drills, Johnson worked out as a running back.

"Basically what we did was we went against the linebackers and ran routes against them and attacked their left shoulders," he said. "So that was fun."

Johnson said that Northern Illinois, Division I-AA Northern Iowa and North Dakota State, Division II Minnesota State are currently showing the most interest in him. Other Division I programs stopped by Brodhead during the spring evaluation period, Brodhead-Juda football coach Jim Matthys said in a recent telephone interview, including mostly Mid-American Conference programs. But Matthys chose not to disclose that list other than to acknowledge that Wisconsin co-linebackers coach Brian Murphy made a trip to Brodhead High School.

"Nobody has really offered anything yet," Matthys said. "So I wouldn't want to say any names of any schools because they've mostly just been here to talk to me.

"They've just been by getting information or getting film."

Johnson said that he received only one phone call during May: from Air Force. He is "definitely" interested in that program, but he said his favorites are currently Michigan State, Northern Iowa, Wisconsin and North Dakota State.

Also a standout cornerback for Brodhead-Juda, Johnson is not sure what position he will end up playing in college.

"Mostly [recruiting has] been running back but I'm not sure whether or not if I go to these places what they are going to make me," he said. "Most likely probably a D-back but as of right now I think it's running back."

Johnson plans to attend football camps at Wisconsin and Northwestern this summer as well as a wrestling camp at UW-La Crosse and a baseball tryout camp for Team Wisconsin. He was a first-team all-conference selection in all three sports this academic year (as a running back for football and as an outfielder for baseball).

"He's really worked on getting stronger because his size—obviously he's not a big kid—so he's been working, lifting and that kind of thing to get bigger," Matthys said. "I think that's the thing he's worked on, between that and trying to increase his speed."

Johnson, whose Brodhead baseball team will face Madison Edgewood in a sectional this Tuesday, said he is receiving more attention from football recruiters than baseball recruiters right now. But he is receiving mail from Division I baseball programs such as Michigan, Illinois, Purdue and Virginia.

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