Virginia Tech hadn’t expressed a significant amount of interest in Dinwiddie (VA) linebacker Bradley Johnson until a few weeks ago, when the staff began to send handwritten letters to the 6-1, 210-pound junior. Primary recruiter Jim Cavanaugh made a stop by Dinwiddie last week, and yesterday morning informed Dinwiddie head coach Billy Mills that the Hokies would be offering Johnson an official scholarship offer.
Tech’s offer is an important one for Johnson, who now boasts six Division 1 scholarship offers.
“I’m really blessed to get that offer,” said Johnson, who also boasts offers from Duke, East Carolina, Maryland, Richmond and West Virginia. “I’ve been waiting for Virginia Tech to offer me, actually. That was the school I grew up watching.”
Johnson has taken unofficial visits to each of the five schools that had offered previously – he said the experiences were “basically the same” – and plans to head to Blacksburg very soon, possibly as early as this month.
“I’m planning on visiting there before the month is over,” said Johnson. “I want to see how the campus is and I also want to talk to all the coaches.”
While Johnson certainly seemed excited about his latest scholarship opportunity, he stopped short of naming any one school as a favorite.
“I really don’t have a favorite school, it is just that Virginia Tech is the school I grew up watching,” said Johnson, who may make his college selection by the beginning of his senior season.
As a junior last season, Johnson, who earned first-team all-Central district and first-team all-Tri Cities honors at linebacker, recorded 113 total tackles including 74 solo efforts and six tackles-for-loss. All college coaches see envision him at one particular position.
“Every school is looking at me at outside linebacker,” said Johnson, a good overall athlete who scored an 82 on SPARQ (including a 4.43 shuttle, 4.7 40 and 31-inch vertical leap) at a Nike Camp this year. “All the coaches say I can run. My strength as an outside linebacker is my speed and my playmaking ability.”
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