Five-star OL previews Michigan visit and more


The 247Sports Composite Rankings were updated this week. And with it, Cincinnati (Ohio) OL Paris Johnson, Jr. became a five-star and the top ranked offensive lineman in the nation. The newly-minted five-star will be on Michigan?s campus Saturday for Junior Day (despite being just a sophomore).?

That ranking means a lot to me,” Johnson, Jr. told The Wolverine Lounge. “At the same time, I don?t allow the rankings to make me become complacent and satisfied where I am at. Instead, I use it as motivation to work harder and continue give relentless effort in the weight room, training, and on the field?.

While he received an offer from Alabama just two days ago, his current focus will be on spring visits. Friday, Johnson Jr. visited Michigan State. He says he?ll also see Ohio State, Penn State and Pitt later in the spring; Saturday, he?ll be at Michigan for Junior Day and says he?s looking forward to getting a feel of the program.

?I definitely have interest in Michigan, and as a family we are looking forward to getting on campus and experiencing their culture,” he said. “?I know Michigan is a brilliant school, and has rich offensive line tradition.”?

New Michigan defensive line coach Al Washington is expected to be Johnson, Jr.?s primary recruiter. Washington most recently coached the defensive line at Cincinnati.

Johnson Jr. also wants to spend time with the players and leave Michigan with a good understanding of the day-to-day grind of a student-athlete.

?This will be my first visit to Michigan,? he said. ?I am hoping to spend a lot of time with the coaching staff and talk with current players about their experiences. I look forward to meeting the strength coach also.”

Johnson Jr. is in the process of getting familiar with new Michigan offensive line coach Ed Warinner as well. Warinner previously coached at Ohio State, where he had a ton of success, and most recently coached at Minnesota.

?I know coach Warinner is a top offensive line coach, and has a lot of experience in development; I’ve spoke with him.”

Johnson, Jr. has a lot of time left in his recruitment, as just a sophomore. Saturday’s Junior Day will be Michigan’s first crack at landing the No. 1 linemen in the 2020 class.

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