Coach's Corner: Bob Johnson

Inside, Mission Viejo High School head coach Bob Johnson talks about Colorado verbal commits Brian Lockridge and Matt Bahr.

Mission Viejo is one of the top football schools in all of California, if not the country. This season the Diablos went 9-3. Head coach Bob Johnson is one of the winningest coaches in Orange County high school football history.

Both Mission Viejo offensive tackle Matt Bahr and running back Brian Lockridge verbally committed to Colorado last fall. Sharing carries, Lockridge led MVHS with over 1,100 in 2006.

Here's what Johnson had to say about the duo.

BSN: Tell me about Brian Lockridge.
Johnson
: He's real dynamic. Real high speed in his first couple steps. He's really small, but put together. He's about a buck-80. He'll probably play for them at 190. He's an electrifying type guy. He comes out of the pack. He's a short guy – 5-9, you know — but with real good quickness. He'll come out of a pile. He'll be behind something and then all of a sudden he comes out of there and he's gone.

Coach Hawk was at one of our games and the first time Brian touched the ball he went 80 yards, in a CIF playoff game. He's fast, but he's quicker than he is fast. He's at top speed in his first three steps.

And he's real tough. He's got nice moves. His best football is yet to come. He's young and he needs a lot more experience at running back. But he'll learn on the run. He's got such a work ethic and personality. He just lights up a room with his smile. He's really a good catch for a program.

BSN: And what kind of player has Matt Bahr been for you?
Johnson
: He's got quite a motor. He's a real finish guy on the offensive line. He's 6-5, 275 or 280 depending on what night you want to weigh him. But he's a big, strong kid who made unbelievable gains for us in the offseason weight program. From January to the start of the year he gained 40 pounds. He really had a big offseason going into his senior year. So football means a lot to him, naturally.

I think they've got a real good one.

They both have extreme leadership qualities. I'm excited for both of them. Dan (Hawkins) is a good friend of mine and I'm excited for them to continue up there.


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