Michigan QB Sam Johnson High on Hawkeyes Following Junior Day

February 21, 2018

Written by Rob Howe

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Sam Johnson III holds a scholarship offer from in-state Michigan. The junior quarterback from Walled Lake Western certainly likes the Wolverines.

Despite those factors, he remains uncommitted. He’s visiting other schools. He’s receiving outside opportunities.

But, really, would he pick a school other than Michigan?

“Yes, most definitely,” Johnson told HN. “It’s all about the right fit, coaches and players. All those things factor into people’s recruiting. So, it’s definitely possible.”

Iowa thinks there’s a chance.

The Hawkeyes played host to Johnson for a junior day on Saturday. They offered him a scholarship.

“It means a lot to me knowing the history of the program,” he said of the opportunity.

Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana and many of the MAC schools also have offered Johnson (6-4, 195). Ohio State and Michigan State were among programs showing him interest.

Johnson enjoyed the substance of his Iowa visit.

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“I was more impressed with the coaches versus just the facilities. You know the coaches were just keeping it real, talking about it’s not about the facilities. It’s about working hard,” he said.

Hawkeye quarterback coach Ken O’Keefe is building a good relationship with Johnson.

“Me and coach O’Keefe are pretty close, I’ll say. He came up to the school before and watched me throw. When I went up there, we just watched some film and just talked football,” Johnson said.

Johnson and O’Keefe also watched his highlight tape.

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“We talked coverages and concepts. Overall, it was pretty good,” Johnson said.

Johnson hung out with high school teammate Abdur-Rahmaan Yaseen during his Iowa visit. The Class of ’20 receiver also landed a Hawkeye offer.

“I love (Iowa),” Johnson said. “I think it was a great place. I really like the coaching staff.”

Johnson said he’s not sure what the next step in his recruiting process will be. He doesn’t have any more visits set up, but things are moving fast.

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“I’ll probably look at committing some time in the spring,” he said.

As a junior, Johnson completed 111 of 189 passes for 2,115 yards and 23 touchdowns against five interceptions. He also rushed 65 times for 263 yards and five scores.

Johnson is rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals and 247. Rivals lists him as the No. 14 pro-style quarterback nationally in ’19 and the No. 13 player overall in the state for the cycle. He sits at 27 and 23, according to 247.

Here’s a look at Johnson’s junior highlights:

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