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ESPN 150 OT in no rush to commit

4/23/2013

ESPN 150 offensive tackle Roderick Johnson (Florissant, Mo./Hazelwood Central) had his spring game invitations this past week. His mind, however, is focused on helping his track and field team get as many accolades as possible.

Johnson is a thrower for Hazelwood Central, and while interested schools such as Missouri and Arkansas held spring games on Saturday, he was participating in a track meet in Kansas.

“We had a meet at KU. It was my first time going,” Johnson said. “It was a good experience.

“Right now, I’m trying to handle business for my team. [Recruiting] will come.”

Johnson, a 6-foot-7, 330-pound tackle, knows he has plenty of time to make a decision and plenty of time to visit campuses to determine his football future. He has offers from Missouri, Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan, Florida State, Kansas State, Iowa, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and several other quality programs.

Johnson added that he’s been in contact with Ole Miss and Purdue. He has plans of doing a lot of traveling over the summer.

“I’m going to be a little busy with the football coaches soon,” Johnson said. “I’m still getting a feel for everyone and establishing relationships. I’m trying to set up some things any time I can.

“Right now, I’m in track mode. After that, I’ll go straight to football. You can find me in the weight room.”

Johnson is No. 137 in the ESPN 150. He also is the No. 2 player in Missouri and the No. 13 overall offensive tackle in the country.