A starter on varsity as a freshman at Highlands Ranch (Colo.) High, Austin Johnson already stands 6-foot-4, 280-pounds.
“I have always had size on everyone, even in little league when I was a double patch player,” he said with a smile.
Johnson lines up at right guard for the Falcons, and he is expected to also play defensive tackle during his upcoming sophomore campaign.
“For my age, I feel like my technique is getting really good, and I am good with the mental side of the game,” he said. “I am working on getting my strength up with some of the other big varsity players, and working on my speed.”
While Johnson got some camp invites and he was introduced to a handful of college coaches during the spring evaluation period, his recruitment has yet to really begin.
There is plenty of time for him to impress colleges, and there will undoubtedly be a lot of coaches watching Highlands Ranch games this fall. His teammate Ray Robinson is one of the top in-state prospects from the Class of 2018.
Robinson has expressed strong interest in Colorado, the first program to offer him a scholarship, and Johnson also has high interest in the Buffaloes.
“I am hoping to get some Pac-12 interest, especially Colorado, that would be really nice,” Johnson said when asked which colleges he hopes to hear from in the future. “I love the new facilities up at CU and I like the thought of being close to home for college. Hopefully I hear from them."