Johnson Already a Top Name

Johnson Already a Top Name

Muskegon, Mich. is home to one the nation's top corner prospects in 2007. 6-0, 180-pound Ronald Johnson has already landed a number of offers from top schools despite being injured for most of his junior season. Irish Eyes spoke with Johnson to find out what all the buzz is about.

Top corner prospect Ronald Johnson is already staking claim as one of the best defensive back prospects in the Midwest for 2007.

"I have seven offers I think," said Johnson. "I'm getting letters from schools all around the country. Notre Dame, Michigan, Central Michigan, Tennessee….those are some of my offers. I can't remember the others right now."

Johnson started off his junior season with a bang, but his strong start ended quickly with an injury.

"I tore my ACL," Johnson said of his injury. "I just came down on it wrong. It was very disappointing. I felt like I was set to have a great season.

"I scored three touchdowns in my first game. I had a kickoff return, a punt return and a receiving touchdown. Then I got hurt in my second game. It's frustrating, but it's just something you have to deal with."

Growing up in Michigan, the Muskegon star said he's watched a lot of Wolverine football over the years.

"I've always watched Michigan," Johnson said when asked which team he cheered for growing up. "They were always on TV. They were winning and a good program back then, and they're a good program now. I've been to a camp there. I've been to a couple of games there already. I'm going to the Michigan-Ohio State game this weekend."

Johnson has also visited Notre Dame a few times recently as well.

"I went to the Michigan State game and the USC game," he said when asked which game he attended in South Bend this year. "The atmosphere was great. It was outstanding. I'd love to go there, but there's a lot of good schools, so this is a hard choice to make."

Johnson got his first chance to be on Notre Dame's campus this past summer when his team won the 7-on-7 passing tournament.

"I got to meet Charlie Weis then," he said. "I thought he was a pretty good guy. I got to see his ring. He's great coach. They named me MVP of the passing camp, so that was pretty cool."

While junior recruiting is just starting to heat up, Johnson says he's going to take his time with his decision.

"I think I'm going to take some visits and have some fun," he said when asked if he might decide early. "I want to see what all the schools have to offer. I just want to enjoy it and make sure I'm making the right decision.

Besides Michigan and Notre Dame, Johnson says he has a number of others schools he's currently interested.

"Tennessee, Miami, Texas, (Michigan) State, Ohio State….there's more. I'm pretty much interested in a lot of schools right now."

Comments: Johnson told us he's an "A's and B's" student, but he didn't know his core g.p.a. at this time. The Irish definitely seem to be in this race early, and he really seemed to like Notre Dame's game-day atmosphere. He also seemed pretty open to anyone right now, but Michigan is likely the team to beat. He said he plans to attend a number of camps this summer, so look for Johnson to be on the road quite a bit checking out his favorite schools.

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