April 1, 2010
First two offers arrive for Johnson
The wait is over for Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) Dillard linebacker Conard Johnson. On Wednesday, Johnson received his first scholarship offer from Western Kentucky. Immediately following that offer, Johnson added an offer from Tulsa on Thursday.
The Western Kentucky offer was a relative surprise, though he was tipped off by his highly-recruited teammate Wayne Lyons.
"My reaction was that I was waiting on that first offer," Johnson said. "I was surprised on it and everything. Actually, my DB Wayne Lyons told me that they wanted to offer me and then I talked to the coach, Coach Shelton and he said they were offering me a full scholarship and everything."
Though Western Kentucky doesn't hold a lot of familiarity to Lyons, getting in early made an impact on him.
"I don't really know about them but that's the first school that offered me so I'll have them in my top."
The Tulsa offer was less of a surprise, not because of his relationship with the program, but more because of his relationship with newly hired assistant Van Malone who had already built a relationship with Johnson while at Texas A&M.
"Me and Coach Van really have a bond and everything," he said. "Since my sophomore year in high school we've been talking and everything. I know Tulsa plays good schools and I know it's a good school and everything."
Other schools have shown interest as well. Wisconsin has been very active in its recruitment of Johnson and has indicated that an offer could come in the spring. Des Kitchens at Vanderbilt is also maintaining communication, as is Tommy Thigpen at Auburn. Auburn is also one of the three stops that Johnson is tentatively planning for the summer.
"I went to a few camps this spring but I'll be attending Florida State's camp and also Florida Friday Night Lights," he said. "I'm thinking about taking a trip also up there to Tulsa because Coach Van Malone wants me to go visit. I'm also thinking about camping at Auburn. Tommy Thigpen likes me up there and wants to see me work out."
Between recruiting, Johnson is working hard in the offseason, while also playing 3rd base and pitcher for his baseball team.
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