April 8, 2009

Johnson planning state of Michigan visit

Though this weekend's Spring Game is a prime opportunity for recruiting visitors, not everyone can make it Saturday. Washington D.C. linebacker Javarie Johnson will see U-M, though, a week later when he trips to Ann Arbor April 17 and East Lansing April 18 …

"Michigan State has already offered me and I really want to see their campus and I'm hoping when I visit Michigan in person they'll offer me too," the 6-4, 208-pound Johnson said.

"I've heard Michigan is a great school and I'm sure it's going to be a very good experience. I've been talking to Coach [Tony] Dews and they're excited about having me come up there."

Johnson's early recruitment has a Midwest feel to it. He has offers from Illinois and Iowa in addition to MSU, while Connecticut (visited), Maryland (visited), West Virginia and N.C. State have also extended scholarship offers.

"It's fun to hear from so many schools all over the place and to have the chance to visit them," Johnson said. "I've already seen a few places and came away impressed and I think my trip to Michigan to see them and Michigan State is going to blow me away too."

Johnson doesn't have an early favorite, though he admits the schools that have offered him already might possess a slight lead in his recruitment. He doesn't anticipate a decision anytime soon, though, giving the Wolverines - if they see fit - time to catch up.

"I'm looking at a place with a great education, a terrific football experience and coaches and players that understand that balance," he said. "I'm really not making up my mind right now because I want to take my time and pick the school best for me."

An outside linebacker for Dunbar High School, running a 4.5 40-yard dash, Johnson recorded 51 tackles with 7.5 sacks in 2008.

"My strengths are coming off the edge as a pass rusher but I think I do a pretty good job covering the running back and dropping into coverage too," he said. "I would really love a role in college where I can do it all but where they say on third down, 'Just go get the quarterback.'"

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