WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – It’s signing day for the 2016 recruiting class, and across the nation, fax machines were dusted off as high school seniors signed their national letters of intent to play at the next level.
Independence High School senior Nate Johnson received 25 Division 1 football offers to play wide receiver.
Johnson is the second best receiver in the entire state of Tennessee. Wednesday he knows where he’s going to college, but just 48 hours ago he was still undecided.
“Well, at the time, I was 100 percent Michigan, but Notre Dame came in and offered and I didn’t want to have any regrets,” Johnson said of the decision-making process
After taking three official visits to Michigan, Notre Dame, and Miami, the high school senior made a checklist and knew exactly what he wanted.
“Great coaching staff, great bind between coaches and players, of course great academics,” Johnson said.”
“I would love to play freshman year. All three schools have told me they want me to come in and be an impact player,” he added.
For a kid his age, the attention can be overwhelming. But for this football player, he’s soaking in the excitement of signing day.
“It’s been pretty hype. Everyone’s been telling me to go this way, go this way. People think I’m going one place but it’s kind of cool, I guess, seeing, having the attention,” Johnson told News 2. “I worked hard for it, so I guess I kind of enjoy it.”
And so is his team of support.
“My parents, I wouldn’t have been able to do this without them,” he said. “They’ve taken me to all my camps, paid for all my trips, and they’ve been a huge impact in all my recruiting process.”
“My brothers and sisters, they support me wherever I go,” the teen added.
Johnson finished his senior season at Independence High with an undefeated record and a state title, but his dreams for the college stage are much bigger.
He received a home visit from Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh and he’ll hopefully see some playing time this freshman year.