Corral Conversations: Malcolm Johnson

Sam Barlow HS RB Malcolm Johnson (Gresham, OR) is one of the most highly anticipated 2009 signees following an unbelievable senior season that saw him garner First Team All-State honors, and set the 6A record for rushing yards in a game with 458. Johnson is all set to begin his Bronco career and he spoke to BroncoCountry.com about his report date, off-season workouts, and his future as a Bronco.

Sam Barlow HS RB Malcolm Johnson (Gresham, OR) is one of the most highly anticipated 2009 signees following his unbelievable senior season that saw him garner First Team All-State honors. "I honestly didn't make a big deal out of it," he said in reference to his postseason honor. "I already knew where I was going to college. That's the main thing."

Johnson's 458 yard performance against Centennial has Bronco fans eager to see him perform on The Blue. "That was the 6A record," he said. "I had a lot of adrenaline. I just ran it right at them. They had two of the best D-linemen in the league. We won 44-24."

Malcolm (6'1 185) has been working hard in preparation for his arrival in Boise. "I got all the spring workouts that Coach Keith (Bhonapha) sent me and I've been working with my dad," he said. "My dad opened a training facility and I've also been running track." Johnson's track team performed well at the state meet as they took home second place.

The future Bronco is all set to begin summer workouts. "I'm coming June 7th for a week of workouts and then I'm coming home to play in the Shrine Bowl," he said. I'll be coming permanently sometime after July 4th," he added. Malcolm and (future Bronco) Ebo Makinde have already become good friends. "Me and Ebo signed up to be roommates. I think he's pretty cool. He asked me if I wanted to be his roommate."

To say that Malcolm is impressed with the current stable of RBs at Boise State would be an understatement. "I think the RBs are great," he said. "(Jeremy) Avery runs with so much power and energy. He's amazing. (D.J.) Harper and the others bring a lot to the table too," Johnson added.

The 2009 opener against Oregon in Boise has a special meaning to Malcolm. "It's going to be awesome to play Oregon," he said. "I'm really excited for that one. I've got a lot of friends rooting for the Ducks. I want to take it to them when we play."

Johnson has made a solid connection with (RBs Coach) Keith Bhonapha. "I've been talking to Coach Keith the most," he said. "I really like Coach Keith a lot. He's not a totally new guy for me since he was Head of Football Operations. He's pretty cool and he's focused on what he wants to do."

What can Bronco fans expect from Malcolm? "I believe I'm a pretty versatile player," he said. "I can play RB and I can play defense too. I'm pretty elusive. I run hard and don't go out of bounds too often."

Johnson's next goal is to get bigger and faster. "I want to bulk up," he said. "I want to work on my footwork and speed as well. Get faster." Malcolm believes he currently runs in the area of a 4.5 in the 40.

Pride and honor would sum up Johnson's feelings when it comes to being a Bronco. "It's almost unreal," he said. "I think it's an honor to play for a team that's been to a BCS game and ranked in the top ten. They are such a high caliber team. There's a lot of pride."

BroncoCountry.com will continue to have updates on Malcolm Johnson as he prepares for his arrival in Boise later this summer.

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