Johnson Knows His Favorite

With every scholarship offer that comes his way, River Hill (MD) cornerback Kevin Johnson takes the time to do his research. Studying his four scholarship offers, Johnson has one school that stands above the others.

MADISON – Each time a new scholarship offer trickles in, Kevin Johnson heads to the Internet to do his research.

With four scholarship offers to look at, the six-foot, 160-pound cornerback from River Hill H.S. (Clarksville, MD) has just started to become an expert on Syracuse, the latest school to extend him an offer.

"I don't know a whole lot," Johnson told Badger Nation. "I know they play in the dome, have a good business school and that they had kind of a bad couple years but they are on the rise."

But just like Richmond and West Virginia (the other schools that have offered), the Orange are in second place on Johnson's radar, as Wisconsin has made quite the early impact on the prospect.

"I know a lot about the Badgers right now," Johnson said. "They have a real good academic school, have about 35,000 students, won seven games last year in the Big Ten and I know their depth chart. I am definitely pretty high on Wisconsin right now and I would say that I am favoring Wisconsin."

One of three Maryland players to have been extended a scholarship by the Badgers, Johnson started at cornerback and wide receiver for the Hawks, as well as playing some quarterback. Last season, Johnson scored four touchdowns on offense, but did the majority of damage on defense, finishing with 45 tackles and three interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown.

"I've got ball skills and I feel that I am one of the quickest players you're going to find," Johnson said when asked to describe himself. "I am very explosive and I am athletic."

Although having no position preference and willing to play anywhere, schools have been recruiting Johnson as a cornerback. Handling his recruitment from Wisconsin has been secondary coach Kerry Cooks, a person Johnson has been getting plenty of good feedback from.

"He said that I was long, quick side to side and explosive," Johnson said. "Coach Cooks has told me a lot of good things about the campus and the program. In general, he has nothing but good things to say about Wisconsin. I've got a real good relationship with him."

Possessing a 4.4 40-yard dash, Johnson hasn't visited Madison yet, but plans to ‘definitely' come to Wisconsin on an official visit during this summer. Right now, Johnson's main focus is his mother's home cooking, as he tries to put some weight on his skinny frame before the start of his senior year.

"The main thing I am trying to focus on is getting bigger weight wise," he said. "Bigger and stronger is my goal. I am around 160 pounds right now and people would like to see me put more weight on. I have put on about 15 pounds and I feel faster and stronger than before."

With his team having their sights set on their third-straight Maryland Class 3A state title, Johnson's wants to make his decision in early July so he start focusing on his senior year. At the same time, Johnson is focused on attending a good school that can prepare him for the future; another reason UW is high on his list.

"Of all the schools, I feel that Wisconsin wants me the most," Johnson said. "I can leave there with a good degree and if you don't make it to the NFL. You want to go to a place like that."


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