If you follow Notre Dame recruiting closely, you know who Jordan Johnson is.
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound wide receiver is well-known as one of the premier pass-catchers in the 2020 class, and when it comes to the Fighting Irish, Johnson fits the bill as a quality student-athlete from a private school that compares to Notre Dame.
Averaging over 25 yards-per-catch as a junior, Johnson was the most dominant athlete on a rising DeSmet program this fall, cruising to the Missouri Class 6 district championship before being knocked off by juggernaut St. Louis Christian Brothers (13-0 in Missouri action).
Through his 9-3 run, the Top 50 wide out was dialed-in to Notre Dame’s undefeated run which concluded with a season finale win over USC on Saturday night.
Having enjoyed his unofficial visit to Notre Dame in March, the perfect record that followed sweetened the deal.
“I still like Notre Dame,” Johnson said. “They’re definitely still in my top (schools). So, the season is going great for Notre Dame and everything. They seem like they’re getting their job done.
“For sure, (Notre Dame will be in the discussion). How great the school is, like I always say. It’s a really great school, a great football team. The football team has done amazing. They have great coaches. Just all around, I got a great vibe from the school when I was there.”
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The coach who Johnson has connected with most is quarterbacks coach Tom Rees who plays a key role in Midwest recruiting. The popular young coach has been a positive note in the pursuit of this elite wide receiver.
“Coach Rees, he’s a cool dude,” Johnson said. “Like I’ve said before, he’s a great guy and someone that I wouldn’t mind being a part of the team with, I guess you could say.”
Currently, Johnson holds 23 offers, including top Midwest programs, SEC schools, and others. Since the contact period opened up on Sept. 1, a handful of schools have been in consistent contact, including Florida, Missouri, Notre Dame, and Ohio State.
After visiting Notre Dame last spring, Johnson planned to visit the Buckeyes and Gators in the summer, plans that he followed up on. With his season completed, more visits are being planned, including a return trip to South Bend.
“Yeah, I do (plan to re-visit Notre Dame),” Johnson said. “I just need to figure out the right time for my mom and everything. But I definitely plan on getting back up there.
“She liked (our last trip to Notre Dame). She wasn’t really able to go around to see the school because she was sick, but she was able to sit through all their informational meetings and things. I think she really liked it.”
Although a few programs appear to be above the rest while Johnson is maintaining his status as the No. 1 junior prospect in the state of Missouri and Top 10 at his position nationally, he’s stuck to his plan in methodically traveling through his recruiting process.
“I’m just taking my time right now,” Johnson said. “I would like to make a decision before my senior year, but I don’t know how that’s going to go. I still have a lot of stuff that I need to do. I have to figure out the right time.”
Going into the fall, Notre Dame had Johnson’s full attention. Certainly, the undefeated season solidified that standing.
With the regular season complete, look for the Irish to push for a return visit and as his recruitment progresses, move to seal the deal.
With a Top 150 quarterback and two Top 150 tight ends pledged to Notre Dame’s 2020 class, and a College Football Playoff appearance ahead, the Irish certainly have plenty to sell top-end wide receivers this off-season.