COLUMBUS – Recruiting calendars are speeding up and younger players are getting identified quicker.
A perfect example of that is class of 2025 running back Donovan Johnson out of Savannah (Ga.). The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder already has more than a dozen offers, including one from Ohio State and could end up with every major offer by the time it is all said and done.
Wednesday was a chance to camp at Ohio State and work with running backs coach Tony Alford, something that Johnson was all about as the two have already developed a great personal relationship here in the early stages of his recruitment.
“I love coach Alford, it is family (at Ohio State),” Johnson said.
Johnson pointed out that the conversations are rarely about football and more about life and that is something that really resonates well with him as he is working on learning about all of the schools that have interest in him.
The talented young running back went through drill work with Alford with Ryan Day and Corey Dennis checking out parts of it during a sweltering camp event. Johnson’s physical development is well beyond his years and it hard to remember that he is only going into his sophomore season of high school.
As a competitor, Johnson feels he could have shown more during his workout but was still happy to show his abilities.
“It was great. I am trying to do better,” Johnson said. “I have to perfect my craft. I am trying to become an all-around back.”
Look for the young back to be a frequent visitor to Ohio State as time goes on with more visits already being talked about including getting up to campus for a game or two. He describes his interest in Ohio State as high.
When asked about who he has watched from Ohio State he mentioned the usual names of Zeke Elliott and Justin Fields but also went back into the history books to a back that was carrying the ball at Ohio Stadium well before Donovan Johnson was born by talking about Eddie George.
“It is crazy, a lot of people compare me to Eddie George, Adrian Peterson, Derrick Henry, that’s what I like about him,” Johnson said.
What else did he have to say about his trip to Ohio State? We caught up with him right after he finished up his practice with this quick interview.