May 18, 2009

Is Johnson a step closer to committing?

As spring fades into summer safety Isaiah Johnson is becoming a hot commodity on the big boards at several schools. Johnson has a favorite school already and can even envision his role on that team in 2010.

"I have been following Morgan Burnett since he was in high school," Johnson said. "I went to some of his games and the coaches at Georgia Tech say I remind them on him at the same age. Georgia Tech is of course my favorite school right now and Miami and Georgia are the other schools I am looking at seriously."

Johnson who is up to 185 pounds is wrapping up spring practice at Sandy Creek High School in Tyrone this week with a spring game on Thursday. He has extensive travel plans after school lets out leading up to the Georgia Tech Elite Camp on June 13.

"I am going to visit a few more schools over the next month," Johnson said. "After I make those visits I will make a decision and commit. I plan on going to Stanford, Oklahoma State, Georgia, Miami, Vanderbilt and Ole Miss. The only camp I am going to is the June 13 camp at Georgia Tech. I am not interested in going to any other camps."

After the visits and the Yellow Jacket camp, Johnson believes he will be ready to make a college decision.

"Really in my head my timetable for a decision coincides with the Georgia Tech camp," Johnson said. "I am looking for a school with coaches that are good people because I will spending the next four years of my life there. The quality of the academics and the coaches are the two most important factors for me."

The player-coach relationship will be a big factor during his upcoming visits and he has really enjoyed his time with Yellow Jackets head coach Paul Johnson.

"Coach Johnson is a cool dude," he said. "He is good people and I like the way he plays around with the guys on the team. You can tell he is a good person and we have had some amazing talks on a couple of occasions."

Another coach who made a strong impressive on Johnson is Miami Hurricanes assistant coach Wesley McGriff.

"I really like coach McGriff. I like how he keeps it real," Johnson said. "I like how he is really aggressive with his players on the field. That is something that appeals to me."

The team currently third on his list, the Georgia Bulldogs were his favorite school growing up, but they lost a lot of ground by waiting to offer Johnson.

"I am going to give Georgia a shot," he said. "I followed them ever since I was a little kid and wanted to go there, but they offered me really late in the process."

Over the summer, Johnson plans to add some weight and he has a couple of personal goals for his senior season.

"I want to get up to 190 to 200 pounds before I enter college," he said. "I am working on my tackling right now and I want to increase my number of tackles to around 70 this season to get ready for college."

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