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On the Varsity Podcast: Dijon Johnson discusses his recruitment

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Aug-19 01:36 first published at 01:36 AM


Photographer: Dijon Johnson; Photographer: Zach Goodall Tampa (Fla.) Following his July decommitment from Ohio State, Wharton cornerback Dijon Johnson has kept things close to his chest, at one point declining interview requests as his inbox was flooded with them — along with consistent recruiting pitches from some of the nation’s top programs. However, Johnson made time on Thursday to speak with AllGators recruiting reporter Conner Clarke and Curtis Kennelly on the Varsity Podcast, where he provided a glimpse into his recruitment to the many college football fans who are interested. First and foremost, what prompted Johnson to reopen his recruitment? “It’s just about finding the right fit for me,” Johnson said. “I’m not rushing anything, I’ve already decided where I want to be and what I’m looking for in a school.” Johnson didn’t go into too much detail about where things stand right now, but when asked if there is a current leader in his recruitment, he said, “Yeah, yeah.” When asked if he’s started recruiting players to potentially follow him to his top school, Johnson responded with a laugh, “we’ll see what happens.” He would go into more detail about the coaches he has spoken with since canceling his commitment to the Buckeyes, initially naming two members of Florida’s staff. “I’d say [head] coach [Billy] Napier and [cornerbacks] coach [Corey] Raymond reach out fairly frequently,” Johnson said. “We’re starting to form a good relationship, so I’m definitely taking that into consideration, you know?” Johnson was persuaded to attend UF’s Friday Night Lights camp and Grill in the Ville recruiting cookout at the end of July by Napier, Raymond, and other members of the staff, which was immediately followed by his decommitment from Ohio State on July 30. Continue by Scrolling Since Johnson’s announcement, numerous programs, including Alabama, Penn State, Miami, and, of course, the Buckeyes, have made a push for his services. Johnson also mentioned that Crimson Tide cornerbacks coach Travaris Robinson and Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin have communicated with him frequently in recent weeks. When Johnson makes his final decision, what will be the deciding factor between these schools, or any others that enter the race? “It’s all about relationships,” Johnson explained. “I really appreciate them.” During his podcast appearance, Johnson declined to answer questions about potential in-season visits with programs; however, Blake Alderman of 247Sports reported on Thursday that the Tampa product is expected to return to Gainesville this fall. Johnson’s commitment and signed letter of intent will be welcomed by a self-described “true man corner” who prefers playing on an island and locking down receivers over anything else, despite his positional versatility. Johnson studies film of Los Angeles Rams All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey in particular to improve his game. “[Ramsey] is tall and athletic, just like me.” According to Johnson. “I really like his game, what he can do, and how the Rams employ him. As in, in the slot, and all that sort of thing. That appeals to me.” Johnson’s entire Varsity podcast interview can be found below, beginning at the 28:10 mark. AllGators will continue to provide comprehensive coverage of Florida Gators football, basketball, and recruiting. Follow along on Twitter at @SI AllGators and on Facebook at Florida Gators on Sports Illustrated.

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