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Michigan trending on Crystal Ball for WR Cornelius Johnson

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The 2018 Early Signing Period is just one day away, and the Michigan Wolverines are picking up steam with four-star wide receiver Cornelius Johnson, according to the 247Sports Crystal Ball.

According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Johnson is a four-star recruit and the No. 39 player at his position in the 2019 signing class. The 6-foot-3 wide receiver is a native of Greenwich, Conn. and played his high school football at Brunswick High School. Johnson is set to announce on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 10:15 a.m. EST. He’s expected to choose between several schools with Michigan, Penn State, and Stanford included among them.

As of late, there has been a lot of buzz about Johnson landing in Ann Arbor. Since Dec. 10, six experts have predicted Johnson’s decision in the 247Sports Crystal Ball. All six predictions have been for Michigan. That includes one from The Michigan Insider’s own Sam Webb. Last weekend, Johnson took an official visit to Michigan and spoke to Webb about his experience.

“What really stuck out to me was being able to spend time with the players and guys on the team and hang out with them… make some friends,” Johnson told The Michigan Insider. “(The same was true) with the other official visitors. Some of them were committed. I got to talk to them and get to know them. And then also being able to see the practices and go over tape with the new receivers coach, Ben McDaniels. I got to spend some more time with him since McElwain left. That was a good deal. I had a lot of fun.”

Getting a commitment from Johnson would be a huge boost to Jim Harbaugh’s 2019 signing class. Brian Dohn, a national recruiting analyst for 247Sports, evaluated Johnson and compared him to Chris Conley of the Kansas City Chiefs. Dohn cites Johnson’s length and physicality as two of the wide receiver’s greatest strengths.

“Big-framed receiver with large catch radius,” Dohn writes in his evaluation of Johnson. “Has frame to carry 210 pounds and be physical off line of scrimmage. Gets off line quickly, and is good against jams. Tough to re-route. Accelerates well and has good top-end speed. Tracks ball well. Knows how to use length and size to shield defender. Big, strong hands. Willing blocker who sinks hips and drives legs. Needs to fine-tune route running and not round off cuts. Upper-body strength improvement is needed. Sometimes fights ball on intermediate and short throws. Adding flexibility will help with elusiveness and athleticism. Three-year starter at high-level Power 5 program and projects as a third-round NFL draft pick.”

In his senior season with Brunswick High School, Johnson caught 45 passes for 779 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. Michigan fans would love to see him putting up those kinds of numbers in maize and blue. If the 247Sports Crystal Ball is any indication, they may get their wish.

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