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Delando Johnson Looking For WVU Offer


Delando Johnson came to West Virginia University's campus with one goal in mind: to impress.

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound athlete out of Calvert Hall (Md.) attended the Mountaineers' 7-on-7 camp along with his Next Level Nation squad hoping he would turn heads among the WVU staff as he let his play do the talking.

As far as Johnson is concerned, he succeeded in that goal.

"I felt like I dominated," Johnson, who plays both safety and receiver, said. "Nobody could really stick me, I did very good on defense, so I felt like I made a good impression."

The 7-on-7 group Next Level Nation has been touring the countryside as it does annually, showcasing talent from the Baltimore area in an effort to get its players scholarship offers.

The opportunity to perform with so many eyes on their roster from top to bottom is a chance each athlete takes seriously.

"It was cool. There was a lot of competition and a couple good teams there," says Johnson. "We just came down there, we competed and we lost in the game before the championship."

Johnson has been recruited by WVU cornerbacks coach Daron Roberts and in their discussions, the Mountaineers assistant made it clear that he wanted to get Johnson on campus for a closer look before the program went ahead and offered him a scholarship.

From the time Johnson first met Roberts, he has been waiting for this past weekend to show what he is capable of.

"When I talked to him, he wanted to get me out to the 7-on-7 so they could look at me more at safety," Johnson says of Roberts. "They've seen me at receiver, but they wanted to know what I looked like when I played defense more than offense."

As it stands, Johnson shows offers from programs like Boston College, East Carolina, Illinois and Wake Forest. He intends to add many more to that list, but for now he is looking at specifics in each team to see which, if any, stand out.

"Obviously I want a good football program. I want a good defense and I want to play under good coaches in a nice environment with good people," he says, adding nice weather as a plus but not specifying what defines nice weather.

His interest in WVU is nothing new as he has attended camps in the past along with teammates who have committed to the Mountaineers, including incoming freshman receiver Deontay McManus.

He also has a general familiarity with Tavon Austin and Terence Garvin simply from playing football in the Baltimore area, so most of the reports he has gotten from friends of his are positive when it comes to WVU.

Still, WVU has to be equally interested in order for him to move forward in the recruiting process. For now, he is not letting the lack of an offer get him down.

"I'm just sitting here and waiting," says Johnson. "I'm not really calling around, I just need to continue to work out and get better. If it comes, it comes. You can't really control things like that, so all I can do is better myself and hopefully it'll happen."

Johnson has already begun taking unofficial visits and would like to get his officials out of the way during his senior season so that he can make a decision on signing day in February.

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