One-on-One with Micah Johnson

The Wildcats got a great start on the Micah Johnson sweepstakes by offering and garnering the commitment of his brother, Christian Johnson. Will that play a role in the Wildcats becoming a player or will the likes of Michigan take another strong player from the Bluegrass state?

(Note: for ScoutTV video on Johnson, click HERE.

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Linebacker Micah Johnson of Ft. Campbell, Ky., was one of the highlight players at the US Army Junior Combine in San Antonio this past January. Johnson measured 6-2, 260 lbs. and ran a 4.9 40 on the very slow fieldturf track on the Alamadome. At the combine he said he was a little overweight which held his speed down a bit -- but his footwork and agility were very impressive. He also reports 30 bench press reps of 185 lbs., -- and on his Combine form he listed Michigan first on his list of top-five schools. Scout.com spoke Thursday with Johnson.

As it turns out, Micah Johnson is a well-traveled young man. "My father is in the Army so I've been all over," he told us. "I was born in Georgia but have lived in Hawai'i, California, Oklahoma, Virginia and a few other places." Did he have a favorite location? I enjoyed California, but I really like the East Coast," he said.

Johnson will be able to travel once again as he is one of the most sought after recruits in the class of 2006. He is already sporting offers from Maryland, Michigan, Kentucky and Louisville, and has one brother already at Kentucky, and one possibly on the way. "My brother Christian just signed with Kentucky in this class," he said. "I have another brother at a junior college in California. Kentucky said they are looking at him and are about to offer. Having two brothers at Kentucky will have some impact on my decision." He said he is expecting offers soon from USC, Notre Dame, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Alabama, as well as others.

The 6-foot-2, 260-pound Johnson said that most of the schools are in a 'wait and see' mode with him now as far as which position he will play in college. "I love the linebacker position," he said. "But some of the schools are waiting to see how much I grow; I might end up on the defensive line somewhere." Johnson is also a 'well-traved' man on the field as well as off -- he also plays running back for the Falcons (see his ScouTV film in the link at the top of the page). As a junior he racked up 1,249 yards on 121 carries, and scored 19 touchdowns total -- 17 rushing and two receiving. On defense he had an impressive 173 tackles with one interception, two forced fumbles, and three sacks.

Johnson said there are two schools that stand out to him as far the type of defenses they run. "I really like the way Virginia and Michigan use their defenses," he said. "They have linebackers with big size."

With it being so early in the process, Johnson said he didn't have his camp schedule ready at this time. "My team goes to the Kentucky camp," he said. "I don't know what other camps I'll go to after that. I may go to the Georgia Nike camp, but I'm not sure yet." He said he attended Junior Day at Maryland, and is planning on attending Jr. Day at Notre Dame.

Johnson reports a 2.6 grade-point-average, and said he scored a 1030 on the PSAT. He said he's not certain what major he will pursue in college, but is interested in architecture.



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