Recruiting: Indiana LB Tim Johns on commitment

Tim Johns sensed West Point was going to be his future home moments after his unofficial visit on June 22.

Johns shared the same work ethic and intensity with everyone associated with football program.

“The people there were my kind of people,” said Johns, a Greenwood (Ind.) senior linebacker. “I fit in well. I felt at home…You could tell that have that passion for football and they always work hard and were good people. That’s the kind of environment I like to be in.”

Johns made his college decision official Wednesday night, calling Army coach Jeff Monken with his verbal commitment.

“West Point plays hard-nosed football,” said Johns, who will enter his third year as a starter and had 70 tackles his junior season. “They are not always are big as everybody but they are gritty and they play hard and that’s my type of football. That’s the same way my high school team is. We are one of the smallest teams in our class but it doesn’t matter. We beat up on people because we play so hard.”

Thoughts of playing college football started during Johns’ freshman season, he said. Johns also had a strong desire to go into the military.

“West Point is the best of both worlds as far as that with serving my country and being able to play the greatest sport in the world at the same time,” Johns said.

Army started recruiting Johns about two months ago. Recruiting coordinator Tucker Waugh visited Greenwood High School in May. But, Waugh missed Johns, who wasn’t in school, recovering from facial fractures after getting hit by a baseball. Two days later, Waugh called and offered Johns. Army is Johns’ lone Division I-A offer to date. He had 11 Division I-AA offers including five from Ivy League schools. Army is recruiting Johns, who is 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds, as a rush linebacker.

A “Did You Know” fact about Army’s latest commit: Johns and senior linebacker Alex Aukerman share the same hometown and grew up in the same neighborhood. Aukerman lived three doors down from Johns before moving across town.

“My sister and him were in the same class and knew each other pretty well,” Johns said.

Johns, who scored a 28 on the ACT and has a 3.8 grade-point average, expects to be a direct admit into West Point’s 2022 class. With his commitment complete, Johns said he can focus on football and steps in the academy’s acceptance process.

“I was definitely getting caught up in it and even since I took my unofficial visit I knew I was going to Army,” Johns said. “It was nice to be able to commit and start my application process. Now, I don’t have a bunch of college coaches contacting me every day. I’m not working to send out film and get recruited. I know where I am going. I know where my home is at and all I have to do is go through the application process and have a good senior season.”

2018 commits (22)
DT Ryan Bryce, 6-5, 285, St. Joseph’s Prep, Philadelphia, Pa.: Other offers – Rutgers, Virginia, Temple, Central Florida, Buffalo, UMass. (COMMITTED, May 30)
DE-TE Nolan Cockrill, 6-3, 230, Westfield HS, Chantilly, Va.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, June 4)
LB Morgan Ernst, 6-foot, 195, Webb HS, Knoxville, Tenn.: (COMMITTED, May 14)
DE Damir Faison, 6-foot-2, 240, Vance HS, Charlotte, N.C.: Other offers – Maryland, Rutgers, Temple, East Carolina, Georgia Southern, Appalachian State, Georgia State. Former Appalachian State commit. (COMMITTED, July 7)
CB Khalil Fleming, 5-11, 163, Northshore HS, Slidell, La.: Other offers – Air Force, May 22. (COMMITTED, April 19)
LS Cale Garrison, 5-10, 215, The Woodlands (Texas) HS: Offered after attending Army prospect camp on June 4. (COMMITTED, June 5)
WR-CB Will Hankins, 6-2, 175, Munford (Tenn.) HS
QB-RB Tionne Harris, 5-9, 178, Vianney HS, St. Louis, Mo.: Led Vianney to its first state title, passing for 2,549 yards and 19 touchdowns and rushing for 1,502 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2016. (COMMITTED, July 4)
QB Walter Harris, 6-1, 190, Northshore HS, Slidell, La.: Other offers – Navy, May 8. (COMMITTED, April 22)
LB Tim Johns, 6-3, 230, Greenwood (Ind.) HS: First FBS offer – Army. (COMMITTED, July 12)
DL Tim Kater, 6-3, 265, Steelton-Highspire HS, Steelton, Pa.: First commit of 2018 class. Brother of former Army tight end Kelvin White. Other offers – Delaware, Delaware State, Howard, Morgan State. (COMMITTED, April 12)
OL Drew Kraatz, 6-6, 240, Standish-Sterling HS, Standish, Mich.: (COMMITTED, April 27)
LS Brendan Knoespel, 6-foot, 210, Antonian Prep HS, San Antonio, Texas: Other offer – Air Force. (COMMITTED, May 25)
OL Nick Kotok, 6-4, 285, Moon Area HS, Moon Township, Pa.
K Miller Kronk, 6-2, 195, London (Ohio) HS: First offer – Army. Army unofficial visit: May 24. (COMMITTED, June 1)
DE Ryan Matz, 6-3, 235, East Lincoln HS, Denver, N.C.: (COMMITTED, June 22)
FB Elliott McElwain, 6-foot, 215, Hewitt-Trussville HS, Trussville, Ala. (COMMITTED, July 4)
DB Braheam Murphy, 5-10, 160, Harding University HS, Charlotte, N.C.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, July 4)
QB-WR A.J. Payne, 6-1, 193, Americus-Sumter HS, Americus, Ga. (COMMITTED, July 4)
DL Hunter Richard, 6-3, 270, Edmond (Okla.) North HS: Other offers – Princeton, Abilene Christian. (COMMITTED, June 21)
OL Harmon Saint Germain, 6-foot-5, 280, Westfield HS, Chantilly, Va.: (COMMITTED, July 6)
DE Noah Yates, 6-foot-5, 215, Carbondale Area HS, Carbondale, Pa. (COMMITTED, July 6)

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