Junior college recruiting usually moves slowly. Scholarship offers trickle in throughout the season and commitments are made down the road. Rules have exceptions, though, and Johnathan Calvin seems to be one of them in this case.
"I'm going to commit in July," Calvin said on Wednesday. "Sometime in July. Probably early in July, actually."
And so the Copiah-Lincoln C.C. (Miss.) Community College defensive end has already entered the homestretch. He currently lists offers from 12 schools but doesn't pretend that all of them hold equal standing.
Auburn, Mississippi State and Texas A&M lead the pack for the time being. Calvin considers himself to be an SEC guy, but a recent offer from Miami has also made an impression.
Even with a verbal commitment rapidly approaching, things as they relate to Calvin's recruitment remain fluid.
"I'm going to end up taking a visit to Miami for sure," Calvin said. "They just offered today, but I know Ray Lewis played there and I know I'm going to take a visit down there. I talked to them about that today. "
A three-star prospect, Calvin is also high on schools such as Alabama and LSU, which are yet to offer him scholarships. He remains hopeful that his standing on the recruiting board of each program will change soon, though.
"I plan on taking my visits soon," Calvin said. "I have Auburn and LSU set up already - I'm just not sure if I'm going to go to LSU. That depends if they offer. I'm trying to set up the rest. I know Auburn for sure and I know Texas A&M for sure. And one more visit to Mississippi State."
Calvin has also had his interest piqued by Tennessee, which is also yet to make things official with an offer. He plans to tour the Vols' campus anyway, though, as he seems sure the offer will come in time.
"Tennessee is probably going to offer me next week," Calvin said. "I talked to them today. They're just finalizing things."
Though his list of finalists is SEC heavy, Calvin says that's more of a coincidence that anything else. He insists he's open to new offers from schools in any league.
"Conference really doesn't matter to me," he said. "I like the SEC, but the schools I like just happen to be in there. I'm just looking for a place that I'm most comfortable. Depth charts matter but they really don't. I'm gonna have to compete wherever. I just want to take all five visits."