It's no surprise that another South Garland (Texas) High School player has raked in another offer and for defensive back Michael Johnson, it's the first.
Illinois has become the first offer in the books for the 5-foot-10, 194-pound prospect who is now the fourth South player to collect a Division I scholarship. According to coach Mickey Moss, it's really not a big surprise that offers are coming.
"It was actually in late June when he got the offer, but the mail at our school really didn't start kicking in until July," Johnson said. "He's fired up about it and doing really well for us. We're actually playing him at linebacker and he's weighing in around the 200-pound mark. He ran well at the NIKE camp and coaches noticed."
During spring ball, Moss remembers a defining play for not only his experience but the double-digit count of Division I coaches that were on hand.
"Well there was a play when the quarterback was running with the ball ready to pitch and Michael hits the quarterback, the ball was pitched, and then you see him running down field where he chased the running back down from behind," Moss said.
"Coaches came up to me after that and said that was the most unbelievable thing they'd ever seen in a high school player."
Johnson brings not only size to the table but legitimate 4.44-second speed. His 31 inch vertical leap mark at the NIKE camp was also something that caught the eye of many.
Frankly, Johnson is just an unreal athlete.
If the top notch haul of seniors wasn't enough for South Garland, a 2007 prospect is already making waves and looks to be just as highly recruited.
Defensive back T.J. Johnson, is a 6-foot-1, 180-pound big-framed corner that plays safety for his team. He not only is a great athlete that is devastatingly quick, but a great student as well.
"Oh yeah, he's already qualified and he's on the honor roll as well," Moss said about Johnson. "He's just an amazing kid coaches are already looking at."