Written By: Nick Holmes (@HoosierHolmes)
This afternoon Maryland native Patrick Johnson II announced on his twitter account that he had received an offer from Indiana. The last week and a half have been particularly good for the versatile athlete, also adding offers from Iowa, UNC, and Wisconsin. Johnson attends Bullis School and was a teammate of Hoosiers 2015 recruit, running back Devonte Williams.
Johnson contributed on both sides of the ball for the Bullis Bulldogs, making plays at both wide receiver and safety. On offense he made 34 catches for 448 yards and five touchdowns . His exploits on the defensive side of the ball were even more impressive as he recorded 48 tackles, 5 interceptions, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. He also chipped in on special teams, returning eight kickoffs for an average of 21.1 yards per return.
Johnson's efforts did not go unnoticed, as he picked up numerous accolades including being named to the Maryland All-State 2nd Team, the Montgomery County 1st Team, and was an Honorable Mention on the Washington All Met Defensive Team.
In a recent interview with the Washington Post, Johnson discussed dealing with the increased interest he was receiving. "They just told me be patient, and your time will come," Johnson said when referring to the advice he received from teammates about the recruiting process. "When it does come, make sure you don't change the type of person you are, and be humble."
Like in high school, Johnson is a candidate to see time on both sides of the ball in college. His combination of size, 6-foot, 185-pound, and athleticism gives coaching staffs plenty of options as to where they'll play him. "He's a very explosive player," Bullis Coach Pat Cilento said to the Washington Post, "He attacks the ball very well, and he moves very good. He makes people miss in space." His explosiveness along with his ball-hawking ability are on display in his junior Hudl highlight tape.
The three-star prospect is the 51st best Athlete in the nation and No. 23 player in the Washington DC area according to 247sports. In addition to Indiana, Iowa, UNC, and Wisconsin, Johnson also holds offers from Boston College, Delaware, Illinois, James Madison, Marshall, Old Dominion, Rutgers, and Virginia. He is also reporting interest from Virginia Tech.