“I might commit right then and there if Boise offers me,” laughed Johmel Charles. “I might also wait and make them sweat it out like they are making me. I may need to tease them a little bit.”
All joking aside, Charles said Boise State has been his dream school since he was in 4th grade.
“When I was younger, I used to go to the football games at Dominguez High School,” said Charles. “[Boise safety], Jeron Johnson used to play at Dominguez. He comes and talks to us about it sometimes. Jeron makes it seem pretty cool, so I am waiting to see what it’s like.”
Charles has not taken any of his official visits yet, but he says that he
has offers from New Mexico, SMU, San Diego, Idaho, and Fresno State.
“I plan on taking all of my visits to my favorite schools that offer me,” said Charles. “I think I may have a few more offers coming in once the season starts. I will be playing a different position since more schools want to see me as a fullback. I am going to wait until the season starts before I take my visits just in case I get more offers.”
Charles, who played linebacker and center last year, will start as a fullback in the fall for Dominguez High School in hopes of getting more offers.
“This past year I played offensive lineman and they said it doesn’t really work with my size,” said Charles. “So, my coach put me at center. This
year I will be playing fullback. The schools that have talked with me said they will either put me at center or, if I drop some more weight, fullback.”
Charles said it bothers him that his position is changing so much, but he is glad that he is playing his old position of fullback.
“It kind of bothers me that I play all these different positions,” said Charles. “But then again, it doesn’t. I can’t really complain about where I am playing on the field when I am getting a chance to play in college. My position isn’t going to be my first priority in college. My education is what is important.”
Although his dream school has not offered him, Charles said he plans to stay close to Boise.
“Idaho is my frontrunner right now,” said Charles. “I am just trying to get closer to Boise. I haven’t called Boise or anything. I am just waiting to see what happens during my senior season. I think San Diego State would be my next choice.”
Charles has attended several camps during the summer including the Badger Lineman Challenge in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he said he would’ve been the MVP.
“You could say I came in second,” laughed Charles. “Jordan Simmons came in and got the MVP of the Badger Challenge, but if he wasn’t there, I would’ve taken it.”
And rightly so, National Director of Scouting Scott Kennedy said he would have been the “runaway MVP of linemen” if he was ranking players instead of prospects. Because of his size, Kennedy said he may have a hard time getting looks from the BCS, but he can definitely play with the bigger linemen.
Charles said he is used to coaches and recruiters not liking his size.
“I think I did really well in Vegas,” said Charles. “They say I can’t play on the OL because of my size, but I always do well when I am out there. It’s just frustrating since I can’t do anything about it. I am just happy that I can play in college at some position.”
Aside from his big BCS dreams, Charles has big career goals as well.
“I want to work on airplane engines,” said Charles. “My mom has been working at the airport since I was little. When my dad, my brother, and I would go to pick her up, I would see all the airplanes. It’s just something I have always wanted to do”
Charles said he looks forward to his final season at Dominguez and thinks it will be a success.
“This year, we will be great,” said Charles. “If everyone goes out there and does their job and works hard, we will have no worries.”