Jason Johnson wasn't expecting an offer from Maryland when members of the Terrapins coaching staff were in attendance for the Pahokee (Fla.) spring game. He just knew he wanted to compete and earn their attention.
He got more than that when Maryland offered.
"I wasn't expecting it," said Johnson, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound receiver and defensive back entering his senior season. "They said they would recruit me as a defensive back when they offered."
Johnson currently has seven offers, and of those only the Terrapins and Western Michigan have recruited him as a defensive back.
Johnson admits he'd prefer to play receiver in college, but that doesn't appear to affect his top five, where Maryland sits in the top spot, followed by Western Michigan, Western Kentucky, Florida International and Bowling Green.
"I'm going to make my decision after the season," Johnson said. "If I had to make a decision right now, I'd go with Maryland."
Johnson is hoping to visit Maryland within the next three weeks to meet with the coaching staff.
Florida State is another school on Johnson's radar, though he hasn't received an offer as of yet. He plans on making a visit to Tallahassee around the same time frame as when he sees the Terrapins.
"They said they like how I play and that I'm big and physical," Johnson said of the Noles.
Another school close to home, FIU, is a possible landing spot.
"I like that they're close to home," he said. "Whenever I want to come back and visit, I can."