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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
ESPN 150 OT enjoying the process

By Damon Sayles

If you know ESPN 150 offensive tackle Roderick Johnson (Florissant, Mo./Hazelwood Central), then you know that nothing tends to bother him. Not the stress of being the No. 2 player in the state of Missouri. Not being a four-star athlete.

Not even his recruiting process -- one that seems to remix every day.

As he nears 20 offers, Johnson said he’s still having a good time with recruiting and refuses to overstress himself with the ongoing process. His most recent offer is from Florida, which joins a race for Johnson that already included Alabama, Florida State, Kansas State, Michigan, Ohio State, Texas A&M and in-state school Missouri.

“That’s a big school and a big offer,” Johnson said of Florida. “It’s a big deal.”

At 6-foot-7 and 330 pounds, Johnson also is a big deal, and he still has room to improve physically. He’s being recruited to Florida by offensive line coach Tim Davis. He said he has added the Gators to his list of schools to research as he prepares to begin trimming down his list soon.

“I didn’t know much about them at first,” Johnson said of the Gators. “Coach Davis came in, and the next day, they said they were going to offer.

“Right now, I’m just working hard to get better. Every day, if I had five [schools] in mind, someone would let me know they have a lot of interest in me, and my mind would change.”

Johnson still has plenty of time to make a decision, and he has reiterated the fact that he will take his time with the process. The four-star athlete is ranked No. 137 in the ESPN 150 and is considered the No. 13 offensive tackle in the country.

“I’m just having fun with everything. Everything’s still open,” he said. “I’m shaking new hands, meeting new people and letting it all sink in.”