Despite a local community connection and his father working for Oregon Football, Michael Johnson Jr., will play in the Big Ten.
The top Quarterback Prospect in the State of Oregon will not be staying close to home. Class of 2019 Recruit Michael Johnson Jr, son of Oregon Assistant Coach Michael Johnson has committed to play for James Franklin and the Penn State Nittany Lions. Michael Johson Jr. is the 6th highest recruit that was remaining in the Nation in the Quarterback category.
His decision came down to the atmosphere and his future teammates. He did not rely so much on flashy uniforms or splashy facilities when making his choice. The current Quarterback for the Sheldon High School Fighting Irish moved with his father and family when Michael Senior took the job with Oregon Football under Willie Taggart last season. I expect that Oregon was on the list for Johnson Jr.,, but Oregon has already signed several Signal Callers for the future and have several on hand including Justin Herbert, Tyler Shough, and Braxton Burmeister.
Herbert is in contention for the Heisman Trophy this season and appears NFL Ready. If he does depart following the season, Shough and Burmeister will likely battle for the Starting Position for 2019. He could also remain an Oregon Duck for his Senior Season.
Michael Johnson Jr. took his time in his decision to make the right one for him. He cannot be faulted for that. In his comments to the Oregonian, he said if it were about facilities, there was really only one choice, “It comes down to coaches, your teammates and the environment you’re in. Facilities aren’t that big of a deal to me. If I was going to go somewhere for facilities, I would’ve committed to Oregon a long time ago.”
With Johnson Jr. off the board, all of the top commits from the State of Oregon have made their respective choices. Patrick Herbert, Tight End, and brother of Oregon Quarterback Justin Herbert has committed to play for Oregon Football.