The class of 2017 wide receiver from Central Arkansas Christian came to Arkansas’ prospect camp and was pleased with his performance.
“I feel like it went pretty good,” Johnson said. “They told me they are going to evaluate me a little bit more and I understand that because I still have some things I need to work on.”
Johnson – who has offers from Kansas, Louisiana Tech, Memphis and Oklahoma State – said he felt like he did good getting off the jam, but he knows there are still areas he could improve.
“On my fade routes, I have a tendency of drifting off,” Johnson said. “(The coaches) told me about staying on line and staying on (the defender’s) butt and hip and that would help a lot.”
He also said he needs to continue getting stronger to improve as a blocking wide receiver.
This summer, Johnson (5-11, 168, 4.52) said he has been working on all areas of his game, attending camps as an individual and competing in 7-on-7 tournaments with his high school team.
“I just got back last week from LSU with my team,” Johnson said. “We competed pretty well down there. We only lost two games and we should have won those two games, but we started off kind of rough. I’ve been all over the country, different states, even as far Colorado.”
In Colorado, he was named the offensive MVP of the Semper Fidelis All-American Camp.
Johnson has worked out with a few former Razorbacks, as well.
“Joe (Adams) went to CAC (in high school) and he came and worked with me a little bit,” Johnson said. “I had him and Jarius (Wright) work with me a little bit after practice and I threw with Ryan Mallett about two weeks ago.”
His body of work and performance this summer has elevated him into the conversation for the state’s top prospect in the 2017 class, but he doesn’t feel any pressure with that label.
“I’ve been working hard, Johnson said. “When I work hard, I kind of feel like I deserve it. I think everything is falling into place. I’ve been praying hard, so I think the Lord has it all planned out for me.”
Needless to say, with such a busy summer, Johnson said he is looking forward to resting for the next week before his high school's fall practice begins Aug. 3.
“I am glad to get some rest now,” Johnson said. “I am exhausted.”