Arlington (Texas) Lamar High School outside linebacker Kyron Johnson has the size, speed and skill to make an immediate impact at Kansas.
The Jayhawk staff will see exactly what he brings to the table when he enrolls in January and is able to participate in spring football. Getting to Lawrence early will help Johnson get acclimated to Big 12-level football and college life in general.
“It’ll help me get to know how and what kansas is all about,” Johnson said. “I want to see how the classes are, and make new friends in a place where I know I’m welcome.”
Johnson committed to coach David Beaty in early June, and just took his official visit last weekend.
“It was my mom, dad and little brother who all came with me, telling me how this college is like no other,” he said. “What led me to commit was that the entire football staff really welcomed me in, and how they made me feel like I was one of their own.
“And yes I'm 100 percent sure with Kansas.”
Johnson plans on making an impact in the classroom as well as the football field.
“Another reason is the education, and how I will most likely find a very good paying job,” he said about picking Kansas. “And also kansas has a really good medical program in Kansas City. I'm all about saving lives and also want to be a doctor. I think Kansas can help me with that.”
Minnesota was most persistent with Johnson outside of the Jayhawks, and he also was recruited by Tulane and Temple.
Johnson had 123 tackles at outside linebacker for Lamar High School in 2016. Many project him playing collegiately at safety, but Johnson thinks he’s in the right spot at linebacker and that’s where the Jayhawks have him projected.
“They’re going to know I’m an outside linebacker when I gain a lot of weight,” he said. “Scouts just want me to be a safety. Little do they know that I’m going to be one of the greatest outside linebackers that they’ve ever seen.”
Johnson’s speed and athleticism is already evident. When he adds some bulk to the mix, he will be quite the complete package. At the Opening Dallas in March, Johnson ran a 4.41 laster-time 40, and a 4.23 shuttle, while also recording a 37 inch vertical leap.
“It was great knowing that I'm the one making most of the tackles and being the leader on the team, it also made me a leader outside of the football field,” Johnson said about his senior campaign at Lamar High School. “I’m like everybody's older brother. Most people call me an uncle because I'm an old soul. If you spend at least 5-10 minutes with me you would think I’m 57 years old in a young man's body.
“My strength on the field is my speed as an outside linebacker, and I’m able to wrap up. I don’t miss tackles. It’s very rare that you see me miss a tackle.”
Johnson believe Kansas fans will grow to love him quickly.
“The thing kansas fans need to know about me is that I’m friendly, funny and old school. I’m all about old school music and jazz — no rap music, that music makes no sense to me,” he said. “I’m a chill very get down to business type guy. I’m easy to relate to cause I always keep the same expression (smile). I’m never frowning, sad or even down. I’m always in an exciting mood.”