Post-Commitment Reaction: Michigan 'Best Fit For' Quinten Johnson

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Post-Commitment Reaction: Michigan 'Best Fit For' Quinten Johnson

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Post-Commitment Reaction: Michigan 'Best Fit For' Quinten Johnson


Washington (D.C.) St. John’s 2019 3-star S Quinten Johnson could be used in many ways at Michigan. 


Post-Commitment Reaction: Michigan ‘Best Fit For’ Quinten Johnson

Quinten recruited a few top prospects at The Opening Finals.

Washington (D.C.) St. John’s 2019 three-star safety Quinten Johnson committed to Michigan at The Opening Finals on July 3.

However, his love for the Wolverines is nothing new. As a matter of fact, Johnson has been lowkey talking with the Michigan staff for about a year.

“My mother, father and I were interested when they started recruiting me, which was at the Air Force game,” Johnson said. “It was my first time up to Ann Arbor. We just built the relationship up from there.”

Johnson took an official visit to Michigan on June 22, announced them as his top school on June 29 and made his commitment just a few days later. He picked the Wolverines over Alabama, Arizona, Boston College, Penn State and a few others.

“I always saw myself at a modern school like Michigan, Alabama or Penn State,” Johnson said. “Every school that I got an offer from I saw myself at. But, when I went down to Michigan for my official visit, it pretty much closed the deal.

“I just felt like on the academics and football side, it was the best fit for me to grow as a man and compete for a National Championship. They offer everything I need and want for the future.”

When making a college decision, the family factor was one of the most important for Johnson. He said his family was all-in on the Wolverines, just like he was.

One of the reasons for his family’s comfortability was due to Michigan passing game coordinator Pep Hamilton, who is a friend of the Johnson’s.

“My family loves Michigan,” he exclaimed. “They already had a strong feeling going in talking to the alumni from the program. The best thing for them is they have a close friend in coach Pep (Hamilton) to keep them updated. They know he will keep me out of trouble and keep me in the right direction, especially since they won’t be there.”

Michigan’s staff has talked with Johnson about using him in multiple different ways, including in the wildcat offense and as a return man. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound safety is excited to get to Ann Arbor to start practice in order to learn where he will best fit.

“I’m most looking forward to the games that they have and all the things I’m going to be able to do as a player who is versatile. I can do some blitzing, a lot of man and zone coverage. They even have some offensive packages at wildcat and return packages for me.

“There’s a lot I can do, and I look forward to seeing where exactly I’ll be at.”

During The Opening Finals in Frisco, Texas, Johnson spent time with two Michigan commits – Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett 2019 three-star cornerback DJ Turner II and Memphis (Tenn.) Lausanne Collegiate 2019 four-star all-purpose back Eric Gray.

Johnson also hung out with Tulsa (Okla.) Booker T. Washington 2019 five-star safety Daxton Hill and Oakley (Calif.) Freedom 2019 three-star all-purpose back Giles Jackson, who are both uncommitted but considering Michigan.

“It was cool. I hung out with DJ Turner II, Eric Gray, Giles Jackson and Daxton Hill and we bonded the whole trip,” Johnson said. “DJ and I knew Eric was going to pick Michigan a few days before, so it was cool to hang out with other guys that were on the same official visit as me. They are all cool dudes and we will stay in touch and recruit other players.”

Johnson said Hill’s interest in Michigan was serious, at least from the conversations the two shared regarding the Wolverines.

“To be honest, I can’t make a decision for him,” Johnson said of Hill. “I know he is really high on Michigan and likes what the coaching staff has to offer. He loves the program.”

The three-star prospect also hung out with Lewis Center (Ohio) Olentangy Orange 2019 five-star defensive end Zach Harrison, who is down to picking between Michigan and Ohio State.

“I talked to him and it was more about football,” Johnson said. “There wasn’t as much talk about college.”

From his own high school, St. John’s College High School, Johnson is already working on recruiting 2019 three-star cornerback Aman Greenwood, 2020 five-star linebacker and defensive end Mekhail Sherman and 2020 four-star cornerback Luke Hill to Michigan.

“There’s a lot of young guys I’m going for,” Johnson said. “Michigan is the best of both worlds. You can get high academics and play Division I football. You can’t really do that anywhere in the country besides Stanford, but Stanford doesn’t have football and future networking like Michigan has.”

Johnson is planning to attend Michigan’s BBQ at the Big House on July 28. He is excited to continue growing his relationship with all the 2019 commits.

“I wouldn’t even call it trying to bond because we all already talk and are friends,” Johnson said of his fellow Michigan commits. “I just want to keep building the friendships.”

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