Three-star linebacker Percy Johnson rushed for over 600 yards and ten touchdowns and recorded 107 tackles last fall, but a string of minor injuries kept him from capitalizing on his junior campaign in the off-season. The 6-1, 220-pound prospect is now looking for similar productivity as a senior to help him bolster his offer list.
Last winter, Johnson made a move from Madison Heights (Mich.) Madison High to Kenston High in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. That move has allowed him to improve his academic resume, and he is ready to continue his on-field productivity there this fall.
"We started two-a-days on Monday," Johnson said. "Defensively I am going to play SAM linebacker and on offense I will play some fullback and some running back. I feel I've got to show my leadership and just make plays in the heat of the game and step up."
Johnson did pick up offers from Akron, Bowling Green, Ohio University and Toledo during the off-season. He attended a few camps this summer, looking to earn offers from BCS Conference schools.
"I didn't go to as many camps this year as I planned on, but I went to West Virginia's camp, I went to Michigan twice, I went up to Akron and I went to Bowling Green," Johnson reported. "I got some good feedback [at West Virginia]. They want me up there, so as the season goes along I should hear some more from them."
West Virginia is one school Johnson feels encouraged by regarding an offer this fall. Michigan State is another school showing increased interest in recent months.
"Michigan State Coach [Pat] Narduzzi has been showing a lot of interest in me. He's come out to see me a couple times," Johnson said. "The West Virginia coach, Coach [Jeff] Mullen, came out a couple times, so I am feeling good about those two. If I play like I am supposed to, I think I will have offers from those two early in the season.
"I'm looking for an opportunity. If I play early that's a plus, but it really doesn't matter at this point. I just want an opportunity. It all depends on how I do this season and how our team comes together."
Johnson plans to work in a few Saturday college game visits with his schedule this fall and has already identified a couple schools he will see.
"I am going to try to two Michigan State games, a Michigan game, an Ohio game and probably a West Virginia game," Johnson said. "I have been in contact with Ohio State, so that would be good to go to some of their games."