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2023 3-Star WR Kenny Johnson’s Bond With Tiquan Underwood Helps With Pitt OV



The process of choosing a college is likely the first big decision of a teenager’s life, which is why an official visit is so crucial.

While a player will want to have a good time and be a kid, it’s also important for them to treat this like a business trip. As they say, making a college decision isn’t a four-year decision, it’s more like a forty-year decision.

This is the exact mindset that Kenny Johnson will have when making his official visits, which start this weekend with Pitt.

Johnson is a three-star wide receiver from York, Pennsylvania. Along with Pitt, Johnson has official visits later this month at West Virginia (June 10), Rutgers (June 21) and Penn State (June 24).

“I’m honestly staying open-minded to everything and every college that I go to,” said Johnson. “I’m going to have the mindset that the next three to four years of my life could be at this college. This is a huge decision, the biggest decision of my life. My parents and I have already started to look into majors and what I want to do school-wise. We’re also really looking into the coaches on the staff. My parents are really interactive in this because they want to make sure that I’m going to be around good people. When I make these visits, I’m really going to be looking at relationships because at the end of the day, that’s going to be big.”

Speaking of relationships, one of the biggest reasons that Johnson is considering Pitt is the relationship that he’s developed over the last couple of years with his possible position coach, Tiquan Underwood.

“A huge factor is Coach Wood (Underwood),” Johnson said. “Him and I go back to when he was at Rutgers, where he started recruiting me. Him and I just really clicked. He’s just a really good dude and really good people. He came to Pitt and I went there for an unofficial visit with my coach. My parents weren’t able to come up with me, so I’m really excited for them to meet him and see everything that I saw with him. The biggest thing with Coach Wood is that he’s real with you and doesn’t sugarcoat anything. He’s just a real genuine person with a kind heart.”

Johnson tells PSN that on his unofficial visit he left impressed with Pitt’s facilities along with his conversation with Pat Narduzzi. One thing he wants to do this weekend is have a good conversation with offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti, something he wasn’t able to do in the spring.

“The way that we figured this out is that I’m going to take official visits to my four main schools and I’m going to leave the last one open, just in case,” Johnson said. “You just never know, and I want to have one available just in case. I’m just going to keep an open mind with this whole process.”

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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