Butler DT is close to narrowing things down

This past weekend, Butler DT Roland Johnson (6-2, 295) visited Minnesota and enjoyed his time with the Gophers' coaching staff and players. This coming weekend he will take a trip to another one of his favorites before returning home to make a decision...

Johnson prepped at James F. Byrnes High School in South Carolina and had some looks from SEC and ACC schools, but he was unable to qualify for a D-1 scholarship, so he decided to head to Kansas to play for the Butler Grizzlies.

"It was the best program I could find and they always get guys ready for the next level," Johnson told JCFootball.com recently. "I love it there and feel like they really prepared me for what I will face from a competition standpoint and academically."

This season while starting inside for the Grizzlies, Johnson totaled nearly 50 tackles with 10 tackles-for-loss and 4.5 sacks and with his explosive first step he's attracted offers and attention from schools across the country.

"I have offers from Troy, Middle Tennessee, Akron, Minnesota, Colorado State and some other schools," Johnson said. "I visited Middle Tennessee in December (10th) and I visited Minnesota last weekend and this weekend I was supposed to visit Illinois, but I haven't heard from those coaches for a while, so I don't think that's going to happen.

"I'll visit Colorado State on the 27th and I'm hoping to be ready to make a decision."

While in the Twin Cities, Johnson got to meet with Gophers head coach Jerry Kill and he said it was a productive meeting.

"I really liked him a lot and I really enjoyed myself up there," Johnson said. "I really liked their philosophy and how they are trying to build something good up there.

"I still want to visit Colorado State and then I feel like I will know enough to make my decision."

Johnson is on pace to graduate in May and he will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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