October 13, 2009

Storm hits East Lansing

Since Mark Dantonio took over as head coach at Michigan State, the Spartans have seen some recruiting success in the state of Georgia.

MSU's most recent verbal commitment from the state is wide receiver Keith Mumphery of Dooly County High School in Vienna, and the Spartans would be happy to add at least one more Peach State product to their 2010 recruiting haul.

Enter Storm Johnson, a four-star rated running back from Loganville who officially visited MSU the weekend of the Michigan game. SpartanMag.com caught up with the 6-1, 217-pound Johnson Monday night and he shared the details of his visit to East Lansing and the latest in his recruitment.

"They are still up there on my list. It's a good school. I like their academic program for what I want to do, like being a teacher somewhere down the road and getting a degree," Johnson said of MSU. "They played a great game (against U-M). They played it tough. I got to meet some of the players. It's just a little bit cold, chilly, but nothing I can't adapt to. So overall it was a great visit."

Johnson added of his time on campus: "First of all, the fan support there is great, like they have probably some of the best fan support in the country. Everybody comes out. I mean, in Michigan there's nothing to do but football and hockey, and right now it's football season. So they have great support from the community, the fans and the students. Touring the schools wise, the facilities are pretty new. That was nice. I got to see a lot of the student life, the dorms and all of that. I didn't really go to much of the buildings, like the classrooms and stuff, but everything there looked nice."

During the game, Johnson was able to see the Spartans have success in the running game, and from a true freshman in Larry Caper, who scored the first and last touchdowns of the game. The last touchdown was obviously Caper's most important, and the 23-yard, tackle-breaking run was his longest of the afternoon.

Johnson was impressed with the play.

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