Calvert Hall (Towson, Md.) has produced five Division I prospects over the last few years. Three of them signed with Penn State.
Safety Delando Johnson believes he can be the next.
“I played with these guys every day, so if they’re going to Penn State, playing at one of the biggest programs, I can go anywhere I want,” Johnson said. “I stick these guys, go one on one, lift with these guys, so I’m a Division I type of guy like they are.”
With offers from FBS programs East Carolina and Toledo and FCS school Youngstown State, Johnson is almost assured to follow in his former teammates’ Division I footsteps.
“I talked to [ECU assistant] coach [Marc] Yellock a lot,” Johnson said. “I’m going to a camp this coming summer. He came to the school, seen my highlight tape and offered me off of that.”
“… Toledo I went to their camp and did a 7-on-7 and [assistant] coach [Jason] Candle offered me. Trevor Williams, who committed to Penn State, plays on my team, and [Candle] said we were similar. He offered Trevor, but when Trevor went to Penn State he offered me right after.
“We’re actually going back down again in the summertime for more camps and 7-on-7.”
A number of schools along the Atlantic Coast are contacting Johnson, as well. Coaches at Maryland, South Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech are some schools near Johnson looking at him. He’s also hearing from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Michigan and Michigan State.
Of those schools, head coaches Randy Edsall (Maryland) and Mike Gundy (Oklahoma State) have spoken with Johnson. But Oklahoma and Virginia Tech are two teams Johnson is very interested in.
“I’m hoping to get this Oklahoma offer. I like Oklahoma … and Virginia Tech,” he said.
As a junior, Johnson (6-foot-2, 180 pounds) played outside linebacker, receiver and strong safety. His focus is safety, though, where he feels he projects best at in college.
“This year I’m getting prepared for safety,” he said. “I want to get better at that strong safety, rover position.”