Catching Up with Delando Johnson: OSU Camp

By Alex on June 12, 2012 at 4:00p
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Johnson is a sleeper prospectMeyer was one of many impressed with Johnson

There were a few "unknown" players who put on good performances in front of Ohio State's coaches at Sunday's camp, but one that may have stuck out just a little bit more than the rest is Delando Johnson.

The 6-2/190 Towson (MD) Calvert Hall prospect shines on both offense and defense at the prep level and did the same at OSU's camp this past weekend, working out at wide receiver and safety. Johnson likes both of those positions, but many also think it is possible he can put on some weight and move down to outside linebacker at the college level.

Sort of a late bloomer to the recruiting circuit, Johnson doesn't have too many offers to his name just yet, but is making the rounds at various camps and his stock is rising as he generates more buzz after each solid performance he locks down.

We caught up with Johnson to hear about his performance at camp, what the OSU coaches told him, how his recruiting is going in general, and more. Join us after the jump to hear more about a new name on the recruiting board, Delando Johnson.

How did your junior season go?

It went well. My team made it to the championship, but lost in triple overtime. Individually I had a good year. On defense I had 70 tackles, 10 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, and 3 fumble recoveries. On offense I had 22 catches and 3 touchdowns.

What offers do you currently hold? What schools are showing you interest?

I currently have offers from Illinois, Boston College, Wake Forest, East Carolina, Toledo, Ohio, Buffalo, Youngstown State, and Old Dominion. I am seeing interest from Arizona, Arizona State, Maryland, West Virginia, Penn State, Ohio State, and others.

You just went to Ohio State's camp. How did that go?

It went great. I did really well. I went there to work out in front of Urban Meyer specifically and I feel through ball drills, foot drills, 1-on-1s and everything else that I performed really well. I worked  out at both safety and wide receiver and did well on both sides of the ball. 

What did the coaches say to you about your camp performance?

Coach Coombs said I was a warrior and a beast during the defensive back drills. Coach Meyer gave me a lot of compliments and told me I was a great player.

What are your feelings on if you will get an Ohio State offer?

I am just going to let things play out, but we started to build a strong relationship. I think an offer from the Buckeyes could be coming soon.

What position is Ohio State recruiting you as?

They liked me on both sides of the ball, but they are looking at me most likely as a defensive back.

Where would OSU sit on your list if they offered?

They would definitely be at the top. When I was there I felt like home. If they offered, it might be the end of my recruitment.

When would you like to make a college decision?

Initially I was thinking National Signing Day, but as I said if Ohio State offers I just might take it on the spot.

Who was the best player you saw while at camp?

I'd have to say the best guy by far at camp was someone I went against frequently in Vonn Bell. He's really good.

What other camps or visits do you have planned?

I am visiting Bowling Green, Cincinnati, West Virginia, Notre Dame, and Maryland for camps as of right now.

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GODOFWARBUCKEYE's picture

Looks like more of a olb if he can bulk up without loosing speed but with the best s&c coach on the planet I dont see that being a problem.

"GIMMIE THAT BEAT FOOL!!! IT'S A FULL TIME JACK MOVE" Ice Cube jack for beats..

Ohiothomas1's picture

Finally a prospect that actually goes out there and says that he might commit to a school on the spot if he gets offered!

Ohiothomas1's picture

Looks like a diamond in the rough in my opinion.

CincyCaliBuck's picture

Seems like if we do get Vonn Bell whenever he decides, Delando & another promising prospect in Darron Lee will be left in the cold... Shame,but that's what happens with limited scholarships... These are kids that are somewhat under the radar nationally, but could develop nicely... Guess it depends on if they can play offense or not too, & maybe if the staff sees Delando developing into an OLB?! ...I kinda doubt either get a commitable offer unless we miss on bigger fish i.e. Bell, Hargreaves, Alexander, Gibson, Foster, Stringfellow, Quick... I wonder does the staff hold Caleb Day in higher regard than Johnson & Lee?

703Buckeye's picture

With the way this kid plays, have him add 20-25 lbs and move him to OLB.

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

Grayskullsession's picture

"If they offered, it might be the end of my recruitment."
That made me smile. Hopefully this kid proves himself and gets an offer. I love kids that are this passionate about a school.
He looks to be about what Ryan Shazier was before he entered the program. If he bulks up like Shazier he could play OLB and be a wrecking ball.

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