FOOTBALL: Johnson Jr. cuts record down to six schools
Edwardsville running back Justin Johnson Jr. in act during his subordinate season in a sport inside the District 7 Sports Complex.
Edwardsville running back Justin Johnson Jr. in stunt during his junior season in a amusement inside the District 7 Sports Complex.
EDWARDSVILLE — Edwardsville running back Justin Johnson Jr. is tentative where he consign drama in college, but he has narrowed down his choices.
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On Friday, Johnson Jr. released his blessing six schools, including Michigan State, West Virginia, Minnesota, Cal, Louisville and Washington State, in no particular order. He made the message on his Twitter page.
“It wasn’t too difficult narrowing my schools down to the hindmost six. Those are the schools that showed the most aegis and name me the finest opportunity,” uttered Johnson Jr., who entrust communicate his hindmost gibing on his 18th birthday on Sept. 27.
A 5-11, 190-pound four-star neophyte according to Rivals, Johnson Jr. further had offers from Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Illinois, Illinois State, Indiana, Kent State, Purdue, Temple, Western Michigan and Wyoming. He besides had behalf from Iowa and Missouri.
Of the final six schools, Johnson Jr. has only visited West Virginia. He went to Morgantown the weekend of June 12, 2020.
Due to the coronavirus, in-person recruiting has been suspended through Aug. 31. Coaches are stillness allowed to impart with recruits through e-mail, phone and maid messages as want as the normal rules are followed.
The signing dates for Division I football run from Dec. 16, 2020 to Jan. 15, 2021 and Feb. 3, 2021 to April 1, 2021.
Johnson Jr. is ranked as the fourth-best vista in the national behind LaGrange Park Nazareth Academy quarterback J.J. McCarthy, Lake Forest linebacker Mac Uihlein and Winnetka New Trier annoying tackle David Davidkov. Chicago Brother Rice’s Willie Shaw, ranked seventh, is the only additional running back ranked in the top 20. He is ranked as the 15th-best running back novice in the 2021 grade in the country.
As a junior, Johnson Jr. rushed for 1,120 yards and 19 touchdowns on 169 carries despite absent situation with an injury and playing valid one quarter in the game-shortened win over McCluer North to torch the season.
A two-time All-Southwestern Conference selection, Johnson Jr. consign inscribe his senior season with halfway 3,000 rushing yards and 37 rushing touchdowns. He already has two 1,000-yard seasons. The program catalogue is 3,912 vocation rushing yards by Milan Woodard and 49 career rushing touchdowns by Colin Gardiner.