One of the top wide receivers in the Sunshine State is Travis “TJ” Johnson from Tampa (Fla.) Jesuit. He is tall, athletic and has good speed out on the field. While attending the NFTC event at the Wide World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Johnson told CaneInsider.com about the colleges recruiting him the hardest.
“At the moment I want to say USC. I have talked with Monte Kiffin a lot,” Johnson said. “Vanderbilt with Coach (Josh) Gattis, the wide receivers coach. USF, I talk to them a lot. Miami with Coach (Art) Kehoe and Florida with Coach (Aubrey) Hill.”
He talked more about Miami offensive line coach Art Kehoe.
“He is just an upfront guy,” said Johnson of Kehoe. “He tells me I need to keep working on the little things and that I have talent. He said I just have to keep grinding each day and not get complacent. And that I am going to be playing more of an X if I want to come in. They see me being more of an X receiver like they did with (Tommy) Streeter. Then I would go to a tight end or H-Back if that doesn’t work out. They like my height and speed. People don’t think I can move, but I can really move. I have good hands and stuff like that.”
Johnson, 6’3 and 230-pounds, feels that Miami is on the rise.
“They are up-and-coming. They are starting to get players like Duke Johnson and Antonio Crawford from Plant. So, they are starting to get top players, they just need to put the pieces together.”
So, where does Miami stand for this talented prospect?
“I don’t have any favorites, but I definitely like [Miami],” said Johnson. “I grew up a fan.”
He described what led him to root for the ‘Canes when he was growing up. “Basically that there isn’t nothing better than being a Hurricane. Growing up a fan, if you go to school in basically Florida, you might as well go to Miami. Nothing like being at The U.”