July 23, 2010

Rams re-open pipeline to Dr. Phillips

Concerns of the Colorado State pipeline to Dr. Phillips High School drying up were put to rest today with the news that Darius Johnson has given his verbal commitment to the Green and Gold. Johnson is the fourth known commitment in the Colorado State Recruiting Class of 2010.

Johnson, a 6-foot-5, 257-pound tackle, announced his intention to join the CSU football team today, turning down scholarship offers from Marshall, Southern, Bethune-Cookman and Florida International. He becomes the fifth Dr. Phillips Panther in three years to commit to the Rams, joining Nico Rainieri, Marvin Ford, Charles Favors and Marquis Hood.

"I committed to Coach Pat Meyer this morning and he was real excited that I committed," Johnson said. "He told me he is going to have me talk to Coach Fair - the head coach. He (Meyer) said he can't wait for me to come up there.

"The main reason I committed it because I know if I go to Colorado State Pat Meyer is going to take care of me," Johnson said Friday. "I know my other payers like Nico and Marquis will take care of me too, but I know as a coach he is going to take care of me."

Johnson didn't diminish the impact of having former high school teammates already wearing the Green and Gold on his decision. He said he knew in Fort Collins he wouldn't be alone and, as a result, is sold on Colorado State, despite having not seen the campus yet (he plans on that early in the season). He also said his family was sold on what they had heard about Colorado State enough to offer their blessing.

"They are real excited too, especially my mom," Johnson said. "She is real excited. I talked to my dad about it and he is excited too. My mom is a little concerned (about the distance), but she is not real worried about it. She knows she'll be able to get up here for some games."

Johnson has been clocked in the 40-yard dash at 4.9 and offers a 500-pound squat, a 360-pound bench press and a 300-pound clean. Johnson carries a 3.1 grade-point average in the classroom and should be a full qualifier thanks to a 1300 on the SAT.

Darius is a great kid," Dr. Phillips Assistant Coach Steve Schyck told Goldandgreennews.com this spring. "He is working his tail off in the weight room. He will definitely get bigger. His dad is huge (over 6'4'' and 300+).  He will get a ton of interest when spring ball starts and all the coaches see him on the field in pads."

"I love this kid - he will be playing D1 football somewhere," Schyck added.

Johnson said he isn't going to take any other official visits and said he probably enjoys run blocking to pass blocking. All-in-all he is pleased to be going to CSU and has a couple goals for his career in Fort Collins.
"I just want to start, do good and make Coach Meyer proud of me," he said. "I want to get big too.. I want to get real big."

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