March 25, 2009

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The class of 2010 will be strong at the linebacker position with top players from coast-to-coast all over the board. Coming out of the nation's capital is 6-foot-3, 210-pound outside linebacker Javarie Johnson and the Dunbar high school product already has six offers in hand and could be on the verge of several more.

Johnson will be making a trip later this week to check out both Connecticut and Boston College on Thursday and see what each school has to offer. Johnson already holds an offer from the Huskies and could leave Chestnut Hill (Mass.) with an offer.

"The recruiting process is going great," Johnson said.

As a junior Johnson racked up 90 tackles and ten sacks for Dunbar high school and his production should only rise during his senior season. College recruiters have been excited by what they have seen to date and have all given Javarie the same message.

"They all have said that they like my height and my size," Johnson said. "They have all said that I shouldn't try and get bigger because I am fast (at my current size)."

Johnson believes that his game is solid at several levels but also knows that he has room to improve as a football player if he wants to play at his full potential.

"I am good at rushing the passer but I can drop back into coverage and check the man one-on-one with a running back or a slot receiver." Johnson said. "I also come off of the edge pretty well too."

The Buckeyes had been keeping tabs on Johnson throughout the process but has he heard much from Ohio State as of late?

"I haven't heard from them much (lately)," Johnson said. "I never had a chance to speak with Ohio State but I was getting mail from them."

But would the Buckeyes pique his interest if they were to reach out to him a little bit more at this point?

"Yeah, of course," Johnson said. "They are a really good school and have a good reputation of putting guys in the NFL and that is what I would be looking for."

And while Johnson knows that a college degree will open doors for him in life after football that he would like his life to revolve around football even after graduation.

"Definitely, I am trying to become a (Pro Football) Hall of Fame guy," Johnson admitted. "That is my dream. But I am looking for the school that fits me best."

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