When his alarm clock went off at 4 a.m., however, Kevin Johnson couldn't have been more excited about the day in front of him.
Leaving with his mom, his dad and his high school coach, Johnson, a 5-foot-10, 165-pound cornerback from River Hill, spent the afternoon touring the University of Wisconsin campus with secondary and recruiting coach Kerry Cooks, as he got to know more about the top school on his list.
"Coach Cooks met us at the airport and he drove us to breakfast and all around campus," Johnson told Badger Nation about his unofficial visit Sunday night. "I met with the strength and conditioning coach and what they do at Wisconsin, what they eat and how they work. Everything was right, was good and very organized. He was the best strength and conditioning coach I have seen.
"After that, I met with Coach Bielema and talked in his office for about an hour," Johnson continued. "We talked about his philosophies and how he feels about me, the program and answered all the questions I had for him. He told he about the defense he runs and what he expects from his cornerbacks and just about life. When we drove around campus, I liked the whole environment. There were a lot of people around and it seemed like there was a lot to do in Madison. The academics are great and I loved the whole trip."
With scholarship offers from Connecticut, Richmond, Syracuse, Wake Forest, West Virginia and Wisconsin, Johnson, with all visits and camps complete, has narrowed his final decision between two schools.
"It's between Wake Forest and Wisconsin right now," Johnson said. "I've camped at Wake and have been down there two times already, so I am not going to go down there again. I want to make my decision sometime soon."
One of the things Wisconsin has going for them is the verbal commitment of Our Lady Good Counsel (MD) safety Frank Tamakloe. Ever since Tamakloe committed on June 22, the three-star safety has made it his mission to recruit the state of Maryland – starting with Johnson.
"Frank's a good friend and I told him that I liked my visit," Johnson said. "I know Frank from football drills and competing with him. I do have a good strong relationship with him. We definitely stay in touch."
No matter which destination Johnson chooses, the speedy corner (Johnson possess a 4.4 40-yard dash) already has a master plan for how he wants to make an impact on the college scene.
"I plan on redshirting my freshman year, put on some weight, get stronger, learn the playbook and get an edge from there," Johnson said. "After that, I plan on making an impact, whatever I go, as early as possible."