LCA DB Joe Johnson (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit804)
LCA DB Joe Johnson secures Texas A&M, options available and decision still looms
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit804
Near the end of March, Life Christian starting defensive back Joe Johnson (2020 DB 6-3 180) committed to North Carolina State University. There was no question at that time whether or not Johnson made the best possible decision that he could for not only himself, but also for his family. However, a little over a month later, Johnson decided to pull back his verbal commitment so he could thoroughly look through his options and make a decision based again on the program that would be the best fit both athletically and academically.
A program that took advantage almost right away was Texas A&M. The Aggies tossed an offer his way a little less than a week ago and made sure a visit was locked in place for Johnson and his family this past weekend. As if matters couldn’t get any more interesting for the four-star defensive back, NC State has planned a visit to further solidify its relationship with Johnson moving forward which should happen this weekend.
Relationships seem to be the nature of the beast when trying to court Johnson. After all, he is without a shadow of a doubt one of the top defensive backs in the state. Funny thing is, the foreshadow was completely evident during his days playing alongside Ali Jennings, Jebril Murray, and Percy Mayers over at Hermitage a few seasons prior. But just as much as collegiate programs want to make sure they’re getting the best out of him, the younger Johnson also wants to reciprocate the same expectations while deciding where he wants to spend the next four years.
Knocking on the door within the next few months will be a multitude of programs that feel as though the reward far outweighs the risk of possibly losing out on a blue-collar prospect. Johnson also holds collegiate offers from: Ohio State, Baylor, James Madison, Virginia, West Virginia, Indiana, Penn State, Duke, Tennessee, Florida State, Rutgers, Florida, Fordham, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, Liberty, Marshall, William and Mary, Howard, St. Francis, and VUL.
When committing to NC State, there was no top ten list to condense his options. There was no grand celebration in which television news stations showed up on his door step to capture the exact moment of his commitment. There was no reaching whatsoever on the part of Johnson because that is not a movement that represents the composition of his personality. Life is good for Johnson in that respect and he’ll continue to weave his way through the recruiting process on his own terms.
– Brandon Mitchell