Coaches telling Johnson Jr. he's the top target at QB, visit upcoming

Coaches telling Johnson Jr. he's the top target at QB, visit upcoming

Eugene (OR) Sheldon 4-star QB Michael Johnson Jr. is one of the best QB prospects in the country for the class of 2019 and has reeled in 25+ FBS offers from mostly top Power 5 programs, including one from the Miami Hurricanes. At the time, he thought it was a nice gesture, but Johnson Jr. never realized just how much the mutual interest between himself and the UM program would grow.

“I got (the Miami offer) in early August,” Johnson Jr. said. “I was excited, really excited. I never expected it to be how it is now, just my relationship with Miami. For coach (Jon) Richt to be flying from Miami, Florida to Eugene, Oregon to see me, it’s crazy.”

It’s not that crazy, though. Head coach Mark Richt has proven and made no secret of the fact that he will be relentless in going after whoever he believes is the best signal-caller in the nation. An electrifying, dual-threat playmaker in his own right, Johnson Jr. appears to be that guy for Miami in this recruiting cycle.

“The coaches are telling me I’m their top target at QB,” Johnson Jr. “That means a lot, honestly.”

So, just what is it about the Canes that is drawing Johnson Jr. to the program Richt is building at “The U”?

“Definitely just the relationships with coach Jon Richt and coach Mark Richt,” Johnson Jr said. “I know if I go there, I won’t just become a better player, I’ll become a better person as well. Their offense I think really, really fits me and I like the fact of all the tradition that’s been there, the 30-for-30 episodes, you know. I’m really interested in being a part of that.”

While Johnson Jr. has yet to make it over to Coral Gables for a campus visit, he’s planning on making a trip to see the Canes very soon: this month in March to be exact.

“No I haven’t (visited yet), but I’m visiting them this month actually,” Johnson Jr. said. “I’m coming down on the 28th and 29th, I believe.”

Other schools around the nation won’t make this easy for the Canes, though. The 6’4” 190 pounder is also in the process of planning other visits as well.

“During the weeks before (my Miami visit), I’m visiting Alabama, Ole Miss, and then (Miami).”

While a top group or leaders are out of the question at this stage of the recruiting game for Johnson Jr., has a list of seven schools that he’s hearing from the most, beginning with UM.

“The teams that I’d say are coming hard after me now are definitely Miami, Ole Miss, Oregon, Penn State, Alabama, Nebraska, and LSU,” Johnson Jr. “Those schools would be the main ones.”

As a coach’s son (his father Michael Johnson Sr. is the WR coach at Oregon) Johnson Jr. has moved around a lot and has lived in many parts of the country, including spending time on the east coast in Maryland. That’s why he says living far from his current west coast home in Oregon isn’t a factor in his recruitment.

“No, the distance wouldn’t be a problem,” Johnson Jr. said.

He has no timetable for a decision at this point, but Johnson Jr. is certain that it will be a program’s environment that draws him in when he is ready to decide.

“I’m looking for a place where I can go and be able to compete, somewhere I can feel comfortable, and somewhere I can pretty much have a home away from home,” said Johnson Jr. “A place that I know I’ll have the tools to be successful there.”

With his dad being both a college and NFL coach since Johnson Jr. was born, the younger Johnson has spent his entire life growing up around the game being played and coached at the highest level. What has he taken away from that unique life experience?

“I learned a lot of knowledge, a lot of knowledge mainly about the quarterback position. My dad has been a QB coach also,” Johnson Jr. said. “The way I look at it, the position has kind of been a way of life for me, I’ve been growing up around it my whole life. It’s taught me a lot of different things.”

Johnson Jr. has applied that knowledge on the field to his Sheldon HS team, throwing for 21 TD’s while rushing for 12 more in his junior season.

“I think I performed well,” he said on his junior year. “Like anything else, there’s things I can do better with. Our team did pretty well, I got hurt in the first round of the playoffs, though.”

Johnson Jr. injured his shoulder in that game, but is now fully healed up, throwing, and ready to go for his senior season at Sheldon.

“Just exited to go out and compete,” Johnson Jr. said of his last year in high school. “To go out and play with my brothers, my best friends, one final time before we go our separate ways.”

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Last year we didnt settle for any plan Bs on offense.

Particularly at QB. We wanted Sits, we got him, he sucked, we dropped him, we wanted williams, we got him.

Lets hope that trend continues.
 
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Cane Lock.... but let's keep crying about that other guy though
 
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Jon Richt hasn't missed yet, and he's not going to miss now.
 

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It's so refreshing to have a coaching staff that goes after top notch quarterbacks every cycle instead of recruiting one guy and having no competition in the QB room for four years.
 

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Wow man, got some awesome news last night too. I’m sorry that I can’t share with y’all because they have muzzled me. I’m dead though right now so don’t mind me...
 
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Wow man, got some awesome news last night too. I’m sorry that I can’t share with y’all because they have muzzled me. I’m dead though right now so don’t mind me...
Spill the tea or drop the news in the PM lol
 

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Wow man, got some awesome news last night too. I’m sorry that I can’t share with y’all because they have muzzled me. I’m dead though right now so don’t mind me...
Yo let me get a PM on the word. Im not spilling anything.
 
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His competition sucks, but he certainly has the goods no doubt about it. He would be our top QB recruit in years. That being said, I think pulling him would be tough, make sure we are going after 3-4 other kids at the same time. Not one of our QB's have proven anything near bringing us to the top yet. Not saying they can't just hasn't happened yet. Go after him but keep an open mind. I agree with the poster above, could be a game changer that could put us in the playoffs. Now get the big boys to protect him. We're getting better every year now, we certainly have the WR's for our next great QB, get it done!
 

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We are always in the drivers seat for a qb we want with this staff so I expect him in this class
 
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His pops is the WR coach for Oregon. Oregon's HC is a former 'Cane coach and player who has successfully recruited against Miami in the past and can compare and contrast both programs in a manner that benefits the Ducks.

I'm not saying we don't have a chance but we would be fools to put all of our eggs in the Johnson basket. Damn fools. Have a backup plan now and go just as hard for your #2 option. If Johnson doesn't sign with us, we will be left holding another "Johnson" in our hands...
 

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I gotta be loyal to my family,.. my word Is all I have. I don’t want to ruin the already almost nonexistent relationship I have with my sister either. As staff writers and the like post articles; I will confirm or not if they are legit..
 
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His pops is the WR coach for Oregon. Oregon's HC is a former 'Cane coach and player who has successfully recruited against Miami in the past and can compare and contrast both programs in a manner that benefits the Ducks.

I'm not saying we don't have a chance but we would be fools to put all of our eggs in the Johnson basket. Damn fools. Have a backup plan now and go just as hard for your #2 option. If Johnson doesn't sign with us, we will be left holding another "Johnson" in our hands...
Exactly. I am however beginning to believe that Jon Richt is earning his stripes.
 

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Jon Richt hasn't missed yet, and he's not going to miss now.
N'Kosi Perry, Jarren Williams....Michael Johnson? Most important position on the team.

"Jon Richt is a waste of a coaching spot."
 
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I gotta be loyal to my family,.. my word Is all I have. I don’t want to ruin the already almost nonexistent relationship I have with my sister either. As staff writers and the like post articles; I will confirm or not if they are legit..
"Michael Johnson says that he is ready to lock up a commitment to the Canes, he's just waiting for his trip down to Coral Gables later this month to see campus in person for the first time. [Michael] Johnson Jr. says that he loved the Canes from day one, and he still "wants to go through the process", but he will be signing with the Canes come December.

Article posted by: dfagundo, Intern Staff Writer at 12:07 PM EST"

Legit?
 
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I feel confident we will reel him in. I'm sure our staff have been working on back up options but it's clear he's our #1 target and we have a pretty good track record of pulling our top offensive targets.
 
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Continue to recruit the kid ... but recruit several other QB's. The deck is stacked against us (3,500 miles, Dad is a Coach for the home team, Every team in America is recruiting him).
 
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Let me take a moment to tip the cap to @Stefan Adams. I have to say, this post is just one one of several high quality articles unmatched anywhere else.

A great addition to this site.

I’d like anyone to tell me if they see anything like this either in quantity or quality from our sports media that covers the canes. Not even close. Way to keep us informed and on top of this recruitment, Stefan.

Great job.
 

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“No I haven’t (visited yet), but I’m visiting them this month actually,” Johnson Jr. said. “I’m coming down on the 28th and 29th, I believe.”

Is his father coming?
 
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“No I haven’t (visited yet), but I’m visiting them this month actually,” Johnson Jr. said. “I’m coming down on the 28th and 29th, I believe.”

Is his father coming?
I don’t know for sure, but considering his dad works on Oregon’s staff, I think that would be kind of weird.
 

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