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DT Johnson has Miami, Vols and Oregon on top

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Earlier this year three-star Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove defensive lineman Quentez Johnson committed to Miami despite having never visited the Coral Gables campus. Even though he backed off that pledge, it doesn't mean the Canes aren't still in the mix.
"They've been coming harder since I decommitted," Johnson said. "I didn't want to stop considering them, I just wanted to open it up so I can enjoy the process."
According to Johnson, the Canes aren't the only program showing heavy interest. In fact, two others make up his list of favorites.
"I don't have a complete list but I would say my leaders are a tie between Tennessee, Miami and Oregon," Johnson said.
Johnson shared his thoughts on the Vols and the Ducks:
Tennessee: "Tennessee loves me. They have a good class and I'm close with a lot of their commits. I know a lot of them and we talk a lot, guys like Andrew Butcher, that's my dawg. Preston Williams. I can go in there with friends and I know I won't be up there by myself. I'm going to visit them again early next month."
Oregon: "They told me that they want me to play nose guard and I fit perfectly into their offense and I was like "you can't turn down Oregon" so I have to take a look. Taj Griffin and I played in an all-star game together and he's been telling me that I need to come on out there with him."
In addition to his three early leaders, Johnson added several offers during the spring evaluation period. He said that while he was happy to get each one, an offer from Wisconsin caught him by surprise.
"I didn't expect them to come all the way down here and offer me," Johnson said. "I talk to them all the time. Their defense, since I play nose tackle, I think the scheme would fit me and the defensive coordinator is really cool. We talk all the time, he's the one recruiting me."
The Badgers coaches have been working to convince Johnson that the distance between Madison and the Atlanta are shouldn't be a concern.
"He said it's not far if you think about," Johnson said. "Wisconsin and Miami are the same distance away and he's been telling me that. It's a good atmosphere to play in. Right now I haven't set up a list of visits but I'm thinking about them."
Despite having double-digit offers, Johnson said he's still planning a busy summer of camps, with Auburn, Georgia and Penn State all on his schedule. Right now Johnson doesn't hold offers from any of those schools and said his choice to camp is more about competition than adding to his offer list.
"I'm just going to camp to compete, if offers come they come," he said. "But the schools that have been recruiting me and have offered me, those are the teams I'm looking at right now."
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