The two sport athlete is coming off of an outstanding junior year on the gridiron. He finished the season with 836 yards receiving, 17 touchdowns (running & catching) & 1 interception that he returned back for a touchdown. Had he not had to play quarterback 3 games this season because of injury, it’s no doubt this kid would have had well over a thousand yards receiving.
Some major power five schools have taken notice of Johnson’s play this season. Virginia was the first to offer him back in September & shortly after Tennessee came calling. Louisiana Tech, Arkansas, Kansas, Florida St, Colorado, & Louisville have all extended offers in the recent weeks.
“I’m blessed to be in this position to get recruited by so many big time programs,” Johnson said. “When Virginia offered me first my mom thought I was lying to her (chuckling). It just made me realize that I have a real opportunity to go play on the next level. Coming from a school like Booker T. Washington you think that colleges aren’t paying attention to us, but I think we are starting to open some eyes over here.”
The 6-foot-2, 195 pound stud is also a standout on the hardwood as well. He help lead his team to a 1-A state championship appearance last season versus North Central & averaged 16.4 points per game on the year. He also got offered by Georgetown, UAB, & Stephen Austin after a big summer playing on the Nike circuit with his AAU team LivOn/Fleur De Lis. Many think that Johnson wants to pursue his basketball career over football, but he expressed his feelings on this subject.
“I’ll always have love for basketball, but my future on the next level is in football,” Johnson said. “College football coaches love when they see that you can hoop. With my size & athleticism I know I can be special on the football field.”
When you think about some of the top tier receivers in the state for the 2021 class the names that come to mind are Brian Thomas, Chris Hilton, & Destyn Pazon. But Johnson is not far behind at all. He has good length and instincts to go with some tremendous hands. He has the ability to make a lot of difficult catches because of his strong hands, high level hand-eye coordination and ability to catch the ball through contact.
Johnson says he plans to visit & camp at some of the schools that have offered so far so he can have a good idea where he wants to commit to. “Florida St, Virginia, & Arkansas are the schools that really have my attention right now,” Johnson said. “I want to build a relationship with those coaching staffs & get on campus soon. I would like to be committed by the start of my senior year, but I don’t know if it will play out like that. This is not something I’m going to rush through because it’s going to be one of the biggest decisions of my life.”
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