Varina DT Returns from Camp

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Varina (VA) defensive tackle Joseph Johnson had planned on participating in both the UVa and Virginia Tech summer camps. While he did make it to Blacksburg this past Saturday, he was unable to go to Virginia’s last month.

“I didn’t go to the Virginia camp because I wasn’t in town,” Johnson said. “I did go to Virginia Tech. I really liked it…seeing it again and working with the coaches. I felt right at home.

“The [Virginia Tech] coaches said that I was doing good, told me to keep losing weight and keep working hard.”

In addition to attending camps, Johnson has been taking summer school classes in order to boost his GPA. He’s doing very well, as he recently received an A in one of the courses. Football-wise, Johnson needs to work even harder in the training room. He wants to lose about 40 pounds before the start of his senior season.

“At the Virginia Tech camp I weighed in at 384 pounds,” said Johnson, who stands 6-2. “Now that I’m in summer school, it’s been tough to get up early and run before class. My goal is to get down to 340 pounds before the season starts. I think I can do that.”

Johnson holds scholarship offers from Virginia and Virginia Tech. He is very interested in the two in-state schools but also has interest in other programs recruiting him.

“Yes I do have some favorites,” Johnson said. “Michigan, Nebraska, Virginia Tech, UVa, and I also like Georgia Tech, NC State, and Maryland. Of course I like the Florida schools too. My coaches are sending film to the Florida schools and they are going to send senior film to the other schools.”

Johnson will next head to UNC for summer camp and then the University of Richmond, where his team will participate in camp. He looks forward to his senior season and will focus more on recruiting once his season is finished.

“I’m going to focus on my season and make my decision afterwards,” Johnson said.