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Three stand out for Johnson

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Three-star Southfield, Mich., safety Dior Johnson continues to see his stock rise this summer, but three schools that have already offered have emerged as favorites.
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Johnson has a double-digit offer list, and out of that Cincinnati, Illinois and Wake Forest have emerged as strong contenders for his services.
"Those are pretty much the three that stand out to me right now. I don't know which one is ahead," Johnson said. "I was going to make my decision before the season started, but I talked it over with my dad and he told me to just wait it out."
Out of his top three, Johnson has already made on-campus visits with Illinois and Wake Forest.
"I have been talking to Illinois and they have been trying to get me back on a visit," Johnson said. "I visited Illinois for a junior day in March of April. My dad went to Illinois, and when I visited it was pretty nice.
"When I went to Wake Forest it was a camp, but they took us on a visit the next morning. It was pretty nice in North Carolina and was a different scenery than what I'm used to."
Johnson has Cincinnati pegged as one of the schools he hopes to see before the summer is over.
"I have still to visit Cincinnati," Johnson said. "Indiana told me to wait because I think they are going to offer pretty soon. I'm trying to make my way to Indiana or Cincinnati or both."
Summer camps are likely over for Johnson, but June saw thre three-star and several of his teammates work out for several ACC programs.
"We were on a bus tour and our first stop at Louisville," Johnson said. "I did well there and then we went to N.C. State and I did okay there because I pulled by hamstring. We went to North Carolina, but I sat that one out. Then we went to Wake Forest and I balled out there, went up to the head coach's office and they offered me."
That bus tour ended with a stop at Ohio State, where Johnson turned the heads of Buckeyes coaches.
"Ohio State went pretty good. I went through DB drills and they liked what I did," Johnson said. "I didn't run my 40, so I knew I had to stand out in drills. Once I did good in drills they wanted to see me in one-on-ones and I pretty much stood out from all the DB's. Coach Coombs liked what I did and the defensive coordinator told me he liked me too."
Johnson is ranked as the No. 24 safety prospect in the country and the No. 7 player in the state of Michigan's 2015 class. He will be joined in Southfield's defensive backfield this year by fellow three-star Ray Buford and Western Michigan commit Davontae Ginwright.
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