Recruiting heat turns up for Royal Palm Beach OT Fred Johnson
As National Signing Day 2015 draws near, the recruiting heat
has been turned up a notch with colleges hoping to keep committed players while
also searching for top uncommitted players that could round out a stellar
class. Among the bevy of recruits getting a lot of late attention is Royal Palm
Beach offensive tackle Fred Johnson.
Johnson, 6’8”, 285 pounds, has the frame and skill set to be
a dominating tackle at the next level after a year or two of seasoning in the
weight room. The potential project has not detoured top programs like Tennessee, Nebraska,
and Purdue from offering. With teams scrambling to fill a class, LSU and Penn State
have been late to the offer party but have shown heavy interest in the South Florida talent.
The leaders in the recruitment of Johnson appear to be Miami and Florida.
With just 11 days until NSD the two in-state powers will be
the last two schools to have hosted the big man. Miami hosted Johnson on Jan. 16 and the
Gators get their turn on the 30th.
One potential wildcard is Virginia Tech. Johnson committed
to the Hokies on Sept. 30 but decommitted on Nov. 19.
Johnson has gone on record putting Miami as his favorite after a successful
Another bonus for Miami
on top of proximity to home is former Royal Palm Beach teammate outside linebacker
Charles Perry. Perry, 6’2”, 200 pounds, has been committed to the Hurricanes
since mid November.
Photo credit: sunsentinal.com; Fred Johnson receives
instruction during a 2014 practice.