19 Players in 19 Days: Garrett Johnson

The third in our series covering the 19 commitments for the Ball State Football Class of 2014.

Garrett Johnson is big and athletic. The 6-5 245 TE is an all-around athlete that not only shined on the football field to the point that he committed to play for Ball State over several offers from other Mid-American Conference Schools, but also on the basketball court where he starts as a Center for St. Charles (IL) North.

As a TE, Johnson was able to grab 23 passes for 305 yards and 5 touchdowns to help St. Charles North to a 5-4 record.

Strengths: Johnson is a solid, all-around TE and is only going to get better. Even though he is able to make plays in the passing game, Johnson's strength at the moment is his blocking skills. Johnson is a big TE and already has a Division 1 body, so his blocking will come in handy.

What He Needs to Work On: Get better in the passing game. Running routes and learning the nuances of the position are key for Johnson's growth. He can work into the depth chart as a run blocker, but his future growth will be dependent on his ability to add more pass catching skills.

What to Expect This Coming Season: Johnson could play right away and be an effective blocker while working on everything else. The trouble is though, that the Cardinals already return TEs Dylan Curry, Sam Brunner, Michael Raby and pass catcher Calvin Blank. The Cardinals use multiple TEs in multiple spots, but snaps would still be limited. So a redshirt is probably. Despite this, Johnson has the ability to contribute right away and if injuries occur, he will be ready to step in and help.

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