Missouri Linebacker Sam Johnson Turning Heads

Sam Johnson profile

If I had to make my rankings today, Eureka (Mo.) linebacker Sam Johnson would be one of my top ten prospects after seeing film. Part of the problem, though, is Johnson only played five games at linebacker while playing defensive end in the others.

Still, Johnson more than shows enough on the field to warrant interest from several of the Midwest's top programs. He is as sure of a tackler as most linebackers you will see, having the ability to explode to the ball, and has the strength to be able to shed blocks on the collegiate level.

"He hits very well," said head coach Farrell Shelton. "He is a finisher as not much is going to get by him. He has a lot of strength in being able to power clean 305 pounds."

"When I spoke to Iowa assistant Eric Johnson, he told me Sam was as close of an offer kid they had on their board. Since he only played linebacker in five games, they want him to attend one day of camp this summer to watch him move in person. I'm pretty sure that he is going to attend."

Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas State, and Michigan State are some of the other programs to show interest at this point.

"Missouri is just waiting to see his film, but I expect them to be on him heavily," continued Shelton. "Nebraska said they would be bringing by a coach during May, and Mo Lattimore at Kansas State said he'd be stopping by in May, too. I expect as more programs watch Sam, the more interest he is going to pick up."

As a junior, Johnson tallied 97 tackles (44 solo), two sacks, and one interception splitting half of the season playing defensive end and the other half playing linebacker. On offense, he rushed for 1329 yards and 16 touchdowns on 212 carries.

Looking at his strength, he recently was able to record a maximum bench of 285, maximum power clean of 305, and a maximum squat of 420. He does have some work to do academically, and plans to take the ACT on the next two scheduled weekends.


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