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Johnson Schedules Announcement
The 6-4, 190-pounder from Boca Ciega H.S. in Gulfport, Fla., has scheduled an 11:30 a.m. press conference for next Wednesday at his high school to announce his college decision. Johnson said he will pick between Indiana, Ohio State and South Florida, and doesn't have any last-minute official visits planned.
"I'm done with visits," Johnson said. "I got three schools – Indiana, Ohio State and South Florida. Come signing day, when I pick up the hat, that's the school I'm going with."
Scout.com's 31st ranked quarterback nationally, Johnson has made official visits to each of his three finalists and has also had coaches from each program stop by in recent weeks. Johnson said Ohio State Coach Jim Tressel was in town two weeks ago, while South Florida Offensive Coordinator Greg Gregory has been by as well. Indiana, meanwhile, had coaches on hand for Johnson's Senior Night basketball game this past weekend.
It's made for a hotly-contested recruiting battle between a pair of Big Ten schools and a local program, each of which expects big things from Johnson is he winds up picking them.
Indiana and USF are recruiting Johnson to play quarterback, while Ohio State has tabbed him as an athlete. There was a time when it appeared playing quarterback was a must for Johnson, but that no longer appears to be the case.
"Right now, the most important thing to me is find a place that feels like it's a home away from home," Johnson said. "Football will be okay no matter what position I play."
Indiana's staff thinks that position should be quarterback, and they've tried to hammer home the idea that the Hoosiers spread offense is perfect fit for ultra-athletic Johnson.
"Indiana is a program that's coming up," Johnson said. "They hadn't been to a bowl game in a while, and they've got a good team coming back and a good recruiting class coming in. They've said I'd have a chance to be one of the faces of the future at Indiana, and that's a good opportunity."
Ohio State and South Florida, meanwhile, have made lasting impressions as well.
"With Ohio State, it's the tradition," Johnson said. "They are one of the top teams in the nation every year and one of the top recruiting classes every year. When someone says Oho State, that comes with a lot of respect.
"South Florida, they're like the hometown team. They've only been around for about 11 years, and I've grown up watching them and they're on the rise."
While IU and OSU are a great deal farther away from home than USF, Johnson said family and friends haven't tried to convince him to stay nearby.
"They want me to go out and make the best decision for me," Johnson said. "They wish the best for me wherever I end up."
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