Roderick Johnson has in-state schools Florida, Florida State, and Miami standing out among his list of favorites. At one point the 6-foot-6, 315-pounder was committed to the Gators, but decided to back off his pledge and look around.
Since then the 'Canes have jumped into the mix to gauge his interest. Area recruiter and offensive line coach Art Kehoe was at his game last week and spoke with him recently.
Johnson said, "The best thing I like about the program and the swagger they bring. Coach Kehoe is a very intense guy. I like the way he coaches and is very vocal, loud out there."
Even though the Big Three of FSU, UF, and UM are recruiting him the hardest right now, West Virginia will be the first school to get an official visit this fall. Johnson will be taking a trip up to Morgantown to see some Big 12 action this weekend.
Area recruiter, Robert Gillespie, is doing a good job with the mammoth offensive tackle. The Mountaineers spread offensive attack is similar to what his offense ran during his junior season. At this stage Johnson feels he is a better run blocker, but doesn't have any problems working to improve his pass protection.
Johnson named a top five of Florida, Florida State, Miami, UCF, and West Virginia. With four teams from the Sunshine State it's a safe bet to say he is leaning on staying close to home.
When making a choice he said it would come down to his comfort level with his position coach and the team's win-loss record. He plans to make a signing day decision.