The Miami RedHawks landed their second commitment of the 2008 season when defensive lineman Mike Johns committed to the school on Friday. He joins Evan Klepec, another lineman, as the lone Miami commits of the young recruiting season. Mike sat down to talk to RedHawk Insider about his decision, and his future, as he gears up for one more year at Oak Forest High, before joining the RedHawks for the 2008 season.
When did you commit to Miami?
I committed on Friday. I was going to do it while I was there, but we were going to check out Cincinnati. I decided I didn’t want to go there so when I got home I called the coaches.
Which coach or coaches at Miami were recruiting you, and what sort of things were they telling you?
Coach Bath recruited me. He said he went there and he loved it there. He said he had offers from all Big 10 schools but he went to Miami because he loved the atmosphere. When he was talking to me he was always making the school sound really good.
When did you finally make the decision in your mind that you wanted to come to Miami?
During my visit.
Talk about some of the factors that made you want to come to Miami.
I didn’t want to go to a really big school and I didn’t want to go to a small school. Miami is right in the middle. It is a really good school, too.
Miami had a tough year on the field last year. Did any schools try to use that as ammunition against the RedHawks?
Not really. They were really good two years ago, and the years before that. I knew last year was just a down year for them.
What do you see in your game that will help Miami return to its winning ways?
I have a high motor. I play every play as hard as I can go.
You have one more season at Oak Forest. Are you going to do anything during that season to get ready for your Miami career?
I’m just focused on high school ball. That’s all I can worry about right now.
Evaluating your own game, what do you want to improve on before you start playing in college?
I have to work on my stance a little more, keeping my body square. I’m always leaning with my shoulder. So I want to work on my hands, and work on staying low.