RU asst. watches Maryland OL

DeMatha Catholic OL Shane Johnson

Rutgers assistant coach Gary Emanuel was in Maryland over the weekend to watch prospects,and he stopped by to see a three-star OL target who lists Rutgers as one of his five schools. ScarletReport.com spoke with the player about his time frame of making a decision, breaks down what he likes about each of the schools on his list and also talks about what he is looking for in a school.

Shane DaMatha Catholic High (Hyattsville, Md.) offensive lineman Shane Johnson knows a few schools he is interested in, including Rutgers, but his recruitment could take a while.


"I haven't set up any visits, but they will be after the season,'' Johnson said. "I really want to get this (Washington Catholic League) championship.''


The Stags are off to a big start heading into this week's showdown with Washington, D.C.-based Our Lady of Good Counsel. Both teams are 5-0.


Johnson, a three-star, 6-foot-5, 300-pound offensive lineman, said Rutgers defensive line coach Gary Emanuel was at his game Friday against Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.). And when Johnson was scouting Good Counsel the next day, he saw Emanuel again, who was scouting receiver Brandon Coleman of Bishop McNamara of Forestville, Md.


As far as Johnson's recruitment, it appears it will be a slow process.


"(The coaches) keep saying they like my tape, and that this decision and marriage are the two biggest decisions you're going to make,'' Johnson said. "I don't know when I'll decide.'' He listed a top five of Rutgers, Wake Forest, California, Pittsburgh and Virginia, and gave a quick breakdown of each school:


Virginia: "I've been going there since I was a child, knew a couple of the coaches, and I like their campus. There's not a lot around it, but I could get used to it.''


Pittsburgh: "I really enjoy their offensive line coach, coach (Tony) Wise. He's really cool.'' Rutgers: "It's family oriented. I really can see myself going there. (Coach Greg Schiano) has a gap (in his teeth) just like me.''


California: "Their jerseys are awesome. They play really hard. People keep saying it's too far, but it's not.''


Wake Forest: "I love their campus. Out of all the campuses, I like theirs best. It's really small, and you can get anywhere really quick.''


However, Johnson added campus size isn't the end-all, be-all when it comes to choosing a school.


"The campus, it's cool,'' Johnson said. "But I'd rather have great academics and a great football team.''


Johnson said he was uncertain who would get his official visits.

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