Johnson Working On Special Season

In his weekly recruiting column for Hawg Illustrated, Dudley E. Dawson chats with Dallas Skyline coach Eric Mimms about standout Kylan Johnson (6-3, 205), an Arkansas safety target who has filled in at quarterback this season and led his team to a 12-0 mark. This story is free and courtesy of the NWA Chevy Dealers. Click the banner to learn more.

DALLAS - For a guy who looked like he would be spending his time at safety this season, Dallas Skyline senior standout and Arkansas recruiting target Kylan Johnson has had one heck of a year at quarterback.

Johnson (6-3, 205), who goes by K.C., has completed 137-of-194 passes (70.6 percent) for 2,105 yards and also rushed for 332 more yards while leading the Raiders to undefeated season so far.

He has thrown 31 touchdown passes, ran for 10 more and not thrown a single interception or have even one fumble.

“This is a guy that we thought we would play at safety, but we had some issues at quarterback and put him over there and he has just done a tremendous job for us in getting us in the right play and taking care of the football,” Skyline assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Eric Mimms, Sr., said Tuesday. “I can’t say enough about what he has done. He’s been amazing.

“He played quarterback on the JV as a sophomore, but didn’t have a single snap at quarterback last season and just played safety for us,” Mimms added. “It’s been tremendous.”

Skyline (12-0) will meet Klein Collins (11-1) Friday at 4 p.m. in a game that will be played at Baylor University’s McLane Stadium in Waco.

Johnson accounted for five touchdowns - three passing and two rushing - in last week’s 49-7 win over Belton.

It was a game in which the weather was Skyline’s biggest opponent as there was a four-hour delay before the game could start.

“We just tried to keep them focused and let them know that the key was whenever we got to play that we had to be ready to go from the first play,” Mimms said. “K.C. made sure he did his part and had the offense ready to go.”

Skyline scored three touchdowns late in the second quarter and was ahead 42-0 by intermission.

“Our kids have done a great job all season in concentrating on just the one game ahead of us,” Mimms said. “It has been a special season, one we thought we could have if we put in the work. But we want to finish it off.”

Skyline needs three more wins to pull off a state championship so Johnson’s recruiting has been put on the back burner.

“It’s all about winning the next game right now and we hope to be playing for several more weeks,” Mimms said. “Then he will set up his visits for January and start thinking about all that.”

Mimms did say that Arkansas, Kansas State, UCLA and Wisconsin are schools definitely on Johnson’s short list.

“He has had a great year at quarterback, but you know how things work - all these schools get their quarterbacks lined up early so it really is about being a safety or an outside linebacker for him in college,” Mimms said. “That’s the side of the ball he is going to play on and he’ll be great at it.”

Johnson - who took an unofficial visit last summer to Arkansas - is being recruited by Razorback assistants Randy Shannon and Joel Thomas and defensive coordinator Robb Smith.

“He really likes those guys and Coach Shannon and Coach Thomas were down here to see him when they played Texas A&M down here in Dallas,” Mimms said. “They’ve done a great job with him.

“I think Arkansas has a great chance with him, but the way we do things around here is we get the kids all the information they need and help them in any way we can, but we don’t push them to go anywhere but where they want,” Mimms added.

Kylan "K.C." Johnson

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