Pickerington (Ohio) Central defensive tackle Karter Johnson has steadily seen his recruiting interest increase over the last year. The Columbus-area standout landed his first offer from Kentucky near the end of his sophomore year and he has continued piling up offers as a junior. Michigan State, TCU, West Virginia, Indiana, Boston College, Minnesota, Syracuse, and Cincinnati highlight his recent offers. The local program, Ohio State, has been showing interest as well.
“It’s been crazy. I’ve had a lot of contacts, a lot of visits, a lot of stuff like that. It’s been good. I’d say I talk to Indiana the most often,” Johnson told Land of 10. “TCU just came around, so that’s a good one. I talk to Ohio State weekly. Michigan State is weekly too.”
Johnson has been busy on the recruiting trail, checking out several programs close to home in the Midwest. During the spring, he’s looking to get further afield and see programs that have shown interest or recently offered.
“I’ve been to a lot of Big Ten schools — Indiana, Ohio State, Michigan State. I’m planning on getting to Michigan, Texas, and TCU, schools like that,” Johnson said.
Among the schools making frequent contact with Johnson is his hometown program. The Buckeyes have been keeping tabs on Johnson as the profile and breadth of his recruitment have increased and it would mean a lot to the local standout to receive a scholarship.
“Ohio State says they like me and they like how I play. They said I fit in with their program and I’m going to take some visits there in the spring. It would mean a lot to land an offer coming from my home state and my home town,” Johnson said. “It would definitely mean a lot.”
Johnson was initially thought of as a defensive end early on in his recruitment, but most schools have begun to project that the 6-foot-2, 270-pound junior will play on the interior defensive line in his future. Johnson and his teammate, 2019 defensive tackle DeWayne Carter Jr., make a fearsome duo on Pickerington Central’s defensive line.
“Most colleges are talking to me about defensive tackle. It doesn’t matter to me where I play, inside or outside, either way,” Johnson said. “I would say my run-stopping is a strength. I’m working on my pass rush, so we’ll see how that goes, but I’ve been working on run-stopping a lot. … I definitely want to be first team all-state and lead my team to a state championship.”
Johnson is ranked by 247Sports as the Class of 2019’s No. 51 defensive tackle, No. 778 player overall, and No. 31 prospect in the state of Ohio. He currently holds 13 scholarship offers.
Ohio State has been recruiting several local defensive linemen in the 2019 class, including Johnson, Carter, St. Francis DeSales DT Rodas Johnson, Westerville Central DE Dontay Hunter II, and Upper Arlington DE Jackson Ness. While that group has not been offered by Ohio State, the list is headlined by 5-star Olentangy Orange DE Zach Harrison, Ohio State’s most-coveted prospect in the 2019 class.