The offers are slowly coming in, and some of them have caught Class of 2019 athlete KJ Johnson by surprise.
Virginia Tech became offer No. 5 on Wednesday night, joining Colorado, Kentucky, Wake Forest and Toledo. Johnson, however, hasn’t quite jumped into his recruitment with both feet yet. Two future visits could change that.
It’s the latest offer that Johnson, who just finished his junior season at Buford High School in Georgia, is still trying to make sense of.
“Virginia Tech caught me by surprise,” said the 6-foot-1, 182-pound Johnson. “I didn’t even know they were looking at me. I heard it was a good school. I’d be up for going there. My coach, he just text me at 10 the other night and said Virginia Tech offered.”
Johnson, who’s rated as a 3-star prospect by Rivals, received a visit earlier this week from assistant coach Zohn Burden. The visit went well, but Johnson said he didn’t expect anything further from the Hokies.
“I talked to the running backs coach when he came down,” Johnson said. “He didn’t seem interested, though. I just said, ‘Hello.’ He just said his name and that was about it. He told me to keep working.”
Johnson claims no favorites to this point, but said Wake Forest is currently an attractive option.
“I like the connections I have with the coaches, how they stay in touch,” he said. “They want me to go to a junior day and stay up there a little bit. Coach Dave Cohen, we’re close. We talk all the time and he comes down to see me and check on me.”
Both schools have offered Johnson as a safety. He’s also played cornerback and wide receiver, though Johnson said he has no preference in what position he plays at the college level.
“I don’t really care where I play,” Johnson said. “I can play anywhere they need me. I prefer defense, but I can do both.”
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