Snow Ball
Orhian Johnson
National Recruiting Editor
Posted Jan 4, 2008


"Football is football," Orhian Johnson said. "To me things like distance and weather and stuff aren't really that important. I've said it from the beginning and it's still true - I want the school I choose to be like another family and a home away from home. That's what I'm looking for and when I feel like it's right, I'll pull the trigger. But it'll most likely be on signing day..."

Orhian Johnson, the 6-foot-4, 190-pound three-star quarterback/athlete from Boca Ciega High School in Gulfport, Fla., has taken an official visit to Indiana (Dec. 7) and has one planned to Ohio State (Jan. 11), but still denies a leader.

Along with the Buckeyes and Hoosiers, Johnson also likes South Florida, Tennessee and Kansas. He says all of his favorites have offered. "I'm still trying to decide who else I should visit," Johnson said. "My dad and I are trying to figure all of that out. I'm really giving every school that's offered me a chance.

"Football is football," he said. "To me things like distance and weather and stuff aren't really that important. I've said it from the beginning and it's still true - I want the school I choose to be like another family and a home away from home. That's what I'm looking for and when I feel like it's right, I'll pull the trigger. But it'll most likely be on signing day."

Johnson's official visit to Indiana was also the first time he saw snow. "That was crazy," he said. "I was there with a lot of Northerners who had been in snow before and they thought it was strange that I was just staring at it and examining it.

"It was a really good experience," he said of his trip to Indiana. "I really liked getting to see their bowl practice and I like how hard the team works. They've got a pretty good team that's doing something they haven't done in a while. They are also still a young team, so I think the sky is the limit for them. I have no doubt they'll be back in it next year.

"Indiana also has a beautiful campus and the facilities are very nice," he said. "I also like how the whole town supports IU. You see the colors and stuff everywhere. In Florida, there are so many teams that you don't really see that kind of support."

Johnson, ranked as the No. 31 quarterback in the country by Scout.com, could have his second opportunity to see snow when he goes back to the Midwest on Jan. 11 for his Ohio State visit. "I know Ohio State has a great program," he said. "I'm really looking forward to see what the atmosphere there is like and what the campus is like.

"I already have a good relationship with the coaches and really know a lot about the program," Johnson admitted. "But I just need to see it all in person."

Johnson is also looking forward to watching the Buckeyes take on LSU in the national championship game. "I think that Ohio State will do well," he said. "They work hard and should come in prepared to play. They'll definitely go in there and make it a game."

Johnson finished his senior season with around 1,100 yards passing for 15 touchdowns and six interceptions. All of his favorites are recruiting him as an athlete, with a chance to play quarterback.

He reports a 3.4 core GPA and a 17 ACT.



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