Recruiting & Scouting

Southfield senior Dior Johnson switches to Minnesota, expected to sign on Wednesday

Football   | Scott Burnstein

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Southfield – Dior Johnson had a last-minute change of heart.

With days to go before National Signing Day, the highly-regarded football recruit out of Southfield de-committed from Wake Forest and committed to Minnesota.

Johnson, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound free safety-wide receiver, is ranked a four-star prospect by and a three-star prospect according to ESPN and

He is expected to sign with Minnesota on Wednesday alongside Southfield teammate and close friend, Ray Buford (cornerback-wide receiver). They’re both projected to be defensive backs at Minnesota. 

“I chose to switch to Minnesota because I like where the program is headed, the coaches are great and they really sold me on their vision,” Johnson said. “Those things all played major roles in my decision.”

The chance to keep playing in the secondary with his buddy at the collegiate level was also a factor.

“It’s a definite plus and something I’m looking forward to,” he said.

A three-year starter on both sides of the ball, this season Johnson helped lead Southfield to a share of the Oakland Activities Association White Division title and Division 2 regional title.’s director of national scouting, Allen Trieu, has seen Johnson steadily improve, punctuated by a stellar senior campaign.

“He took a big step forward this past year and people took notice,” Trieu said. 

Johnson had 70 tackles and three interceptions last fall.

Bluejays coach Tim Conley isn’t shy in lauding Johnson’s talents.

“Dior is so smooth, he has flawless technique," he said. "There's size, there's power and there's finesse, it’s an impressive combination to say the least,” he said.

Johnson and Buford will be two of 21 players from Southfield’s football program to sign letters of intent.