Roland Johnson has shut down his recruitment. The 6-2, 280-pounder has come to a conclusion as to where he will be taking his skill set next fall.
"I committed to Minnesota," said Johnson with the sound of excitement in his voice. "Man it's been a long time coming, Mr. Moorer. Not everyone gets the opportunity to play football on a high level like this, but I thank God for being one of the selected few."
Johnson chose the Golden Gophers over a number of schools like, Illinois, Toledo, Akron, Middle Tennessee, Colorado State, New Mexico State, and several others.
Though a host of schools were in pursue of Johnson, the big DL's decision ultimately came down to Minnesota and one other Big Ten program. "Illinois was the other school that I was looking at pretty hard," Johnson said. "But Minnesota was always on top. They've been following me the longest, and have been recruiting me harder than everyone else. They came after me like they really wanted me."
Being that senior DLs Anthony Jacobs and Brandon Kirksey will not be returning next year, interior linemen were a top priority for the Minnesota 2012 recruiting class. Now with Johnson on board, the Gophers feel like they have found a very important piece to the puzzle. Johnson explains. "They seem to be a staff of coaches who truly believe in me," said Johnson. "That's the kind of vibe I get when I am around them. They told me that I have a real good chance to come in and play right away."
Johnson admitted to Scout.com that he likes the sound of being an early contributor on the field, but he clearly understands that nothing is going to be handed to him on a silver platter.
"Playing early sounds good and everything, but I know I have to put forth my effort first," Johnson said. "Nobody is going to give you anything in life. You have to earn it, and that's what I am going to do."
Below, Gopher fans can get a sneak peek of what Johnson is capable of doing on the gridiron. We hope you enjoy.