Johnson tripped to Colorado in October, the same weekend Patrick Gates and Ryan Miller were on their officials. Also of note, Johnson's half-brother, Kevan Barlow, has played six years as a running back in the NFL, and is currently on the New York Jets roster.
BSN spoke with Woodland Hills coach George Novak:
BSN: Devan played a lot of positions for you the past couple years, didn't he?
Novak: Yeah, we moved him around. We tried him at tailback a little bit this year. He was a flanker for us. Last year he was a tight end and we used him at linebacker, too. He's quite an athlete.
He was selected to the Big 33 All-Star game, which is the top 33 football players in Pennsylvannia against the top 33 in Ohio. It's one of the largest all-star games in the country. (The game will be played in June.) The thing they promote is I guess every Super Bowl game that's ever been played has had a player who played in this Big 33 game.
BSN: What position do you think Devan's best suited to play at the next level?
Novak: We had him on offense more than defense. They selected him to play defense in this all-star game because of his speed at linebacker. He could play either side of the ball. He has more experience offensively, but he's a raw talent.
BSN: Do you think he's done growing?
Novak: He might get a little bigger.
BSN: What is he, 6-foot, about 220?
Novak: He was about 232 during the season. And he can run. 4.5. Big strong kid. He was the strongest kid in the weightroom on our team.
BSN: Do you know what he liked about Colorado?
Novak: He wanted to get out of Pennsylvania. He liked the school and the coaches. He liked it a lot.
BSN: Colorado hasn't recruited a lot of guys out of Pittsburgh. What is Colorado's name in that area? I know the Steelers have had several former Buffaloes on their roster the past 15 years.
Novak: It's big. There's two kids, Devan and Lamont Smith from Central Catholic (commited to CU this year). He got selected for that all-star game, too. He has great speed. You got two of the top 33 players in Pennsylvania.
I think kids want to be different nowadays. Distance isn't as big a thing as it was 20 or 30 years ago. So he wanted to get out of Pittsburgh. I think he liked the campus (in Boulder). And Coach Hagan recruited him. He liked him a lot. He went out there and liked it, and that was it.
BSN: You played against Lamont Smith's team this year. Tell me your impressions of him.
Novak: Well, he was injured that game. We were fortunate. We beat them 17-14 when they were ranked 7th in the nation. They were in Sports Illustrated and everything. But he's very fast. Breaks tackles. Very quick. He played tailback for them, but I think they recruited him as a cornerback. The last two years he's been one of the leading rushers in Western Pennsylvania.
BSN: I think they may want to put the ball in his hands some at Colorado, too.
Novak: Yeah, maybe to return kicks. I don't think he's big enough to be a tailback, but he could play some slot. He's more a corner size or receiver size.
You got two good kids.