A few weeks ago Jamaal Johnson entered his first major camp of the off season at Clemson University. There he fared extremely well lining up at defensive end for the Tigers coaching staff. He utilized his speed off the edge to beat just about everybody he lined up against including the likes of Dorman OL Patrick Destefano, Woodruff OL Javarius Leamon, and other top offensive lineman from the region in attendance.
The Tigers staff loved his motor and athleticism but told him they would continue to evaluate him over the off season and in the early part of his senior season, but as a linebacker. The news is something Johnson has been hearing a lot of lately but he's been ardent in practicing at the new position to prepare himself for a possible move on the college level.
Fast forward a couple of weeks and Johnson took a ride up to North Carolina where he camped with Gardner Webb this Saturday. Being his second camp of the summer Johnson went in prepared to work and didn't leave empty handed either.
"I camped with Gardner-Webb on Saturday. I worked out at defensive end. They play a 3-4 defense so I can stand up and play end. I went up there with Shakeem Wharton, Marcus Mohrman, and Rashad "Doc" Dillard."
"They liked me apparently. I got a verbal offer. A full ride so I'm very happy!"
While there Johnson says he was able to see the Bulldogs' weight room and the office of the head coach.
For a prospect who had no interest at all a few months ago things have picked up in a hurry for Johnson as of late. So how does it feel for him to already have his first scholarship offer?
"I think that it's just the beginning of many more as long as I keep my grades up and keep working more and more on my game to improve so I can show coaches that I'm a versatile prospect and can be a real asset to their program."
Right now Johnson says he isn't sure what camps he'll hit up next but his plan is to indeed go and compete at other schools so he'll have an opportunity to showcase his talents even more.