Highland's Johnson Having Tough Summer

It has been somewhat of a frustrating summer for Avery Johnson. While recovering from minor knee surgery the Highland Rebels’ Mr. Everything pulled a quad muscle while attending a camp at the University of Arkansas.

“The summer is going pretty good,’’ said Johnson, who holds offers from Arkansas State and Southern Miss.

“I had a couple of good showings at camps at Oklahoma State and Memphis then I went to the Arkansas camp and I pulled a quad muscle, the their staff said I might have even torn it a little. I’ve been trying to recover from that and this is where I am right now.

“I’ve been very limited. Just now getting back in the process.”

Johnson competed with his Rebels teammates at a 7-on-7 tournament at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock on Saturday. He said it was his second outing in recent weeks.

“He just has a couple of nagging injuries,’’ said Highland coach Spencer Hill. “He had minor knee surgery in the spring and he is 100 percent from that but the quad pull he is still only about 90 or 95 percent. We are working him in trying to get him some work with his teammates.”

For the Rebels, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound Johnson does almost everything.

“We will continue to use him the same way we have used him the past two years, some at quarterback, halfback, wide receiver and spot play him on defense at safety and outside linebacker,’’ said Hill. “He is just that rare athlete that is smart enough and athletic enough to do many different things. He is such a matchup problem.

“He is a special player. I don’t know if I will ever get to coach one like him again.”

Arkansas State is recruiting Johnson, who said he plans to attend this weekend’s Big Pack Weekend at ASU, as an athlete.

“I’m excited about going to that,’’ he said. “The big thing to me about ASU is they are close. That is really big. That is real big for me right now.’’

Both Hill and Johnson said his decision will likely be made at the end of the season.

“I think he is very comfortable with both Arkansas State and Southern Miss,’’ said Hill, “and even if someone comes in on him late I still think he picks between those two. He has a good relationship with both coaches and he feels very much at home at both places.”