Remi Johnson is racking up offers
by Marc Goldstein, recruitNoVA
Remi Johnson of Lake Braddock Secondary School (2021 LB/S 6-2 210) has been receiving a lot of attention from recruiters recently. He is used as a utility player, helping out wherever he is needed, but mainly at strong safety, outside linebacker, and wide receiver. He has received five offers: Morehead State, Monmouth, Valparaiso, Davidson, and Dayton.
He started playing football for a few years when he was younger, but didn’t really see himself with a future until high school. “Once I got to high school and played high school ball I fell in love with the game and all the great relationships and memories that come with it,” Remi explains. Remi believes that he has many strengths that outweigh any weaknesses he possesses. He thinks that he thrives at being versatile and being flexible by playing wherever he is needed. His weakness, as he speaks about it, is not much of a weakness. He says that he has a tendency to try to do too much all while trying to balance doing his job with helping his teammates
Remi appreciates all the attention he has received from recruiters. “It means a lot to me that these schools have shown interest in me because it tells me that my hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed,” he explains. He voices his happiness over the trust and beliefs that the schools have for him. He says, “They let me know that schools believe in me and believe I could make a difference for them at the next level.”
— Remi Johnson (@RemiJ2334) July 22, 2020
The offers he has gotten so far all come with their own pluses and minuses. He says that the offer from Monmouth is good because they are very close to the beach, located in central New Jersey on the coastline. He also cites their recent success, advancing as far as the second round in last year’s FCS playoffs. The Davidson Wildcats have experienced a little success lately, though that success comes without a playoff berth lately. “My favorite thing about Davidson has just been the love they have shown over the phone,” Remi explains. Morehead State has been a program that has been in a rut for the last decade, hoping to recruit talent to turn around their program. They hold a special place for Remi due to the fact they were the first team to take a chance on him.
Similarly, Valparaiso has experienced little success, both past and present. One thing they do have going for them, according to Remi, is their proximity to Chicago. Dayton, on the other hand, has been a program that is on the rise after a few consecutive strong seasons. That is exactly what Remi likes about them, their success. For each of these schools, there are cons as well. For example, Dayton and Valparaiso are a little far from home for Remi, and Morehead State has little history of winning. With all that being said, Remi is still looking at the positives of each situation.
Remi finds motivation in unlikely places. He finds motivation in his teammates, trying to elevate the Bruins and Lake Braddock to new heights. “I don’t want to let them down and I want to bring us all together by winning games and trying to bring a state championship to Lake Braddock,” he elaborates. Remi wants to be a player that not only his coaches can count on, but his peers and teammates alike to have confidence to go and win games.
It can be tough for players to shape a recruiter’s opinion of them merely due to the fact that it can be a seemingly arbitrary judgement. He wants to come off as a gritty player who will grind for everything and will give his all every single play. He explains his thinking, saying, “I want recruiters to look at me as a hard working player that will do anything necessary to win games and as a person I want them to see me as someone who doesn’t only value football but also values education and grades in the classroom.” These values that he holds so dearly are telling of not only the player Remi is, but the person he is as well. He will do everything in his power to win, but also to win with dignity and professionalism. That is exactly what recruiters want to see from players, giving Remi confidence in his future that he will succeed wherever he ends up.
– Marc Goldstein