GIDEL: Johnson Brother Still Looking to Walk-on

Nathaniel 'Skip' Johnson has shot up the depth chart at Laney Junior College and is looking to make an impact in his first year playing football in over a year.

"Practice is going good right now," Nathaniel Johnson said, "they've got me playing tight-end right now. When we switch to different formations, they have me split out wide."

Nathaniel is the oldest of the Johnson brothers. Christian is currently a freshmen at the University of Kentucky, while his brother Micah is one of a very highly recruited linebacker from Fort Campbell (Ky.).

"I'm not really worried about the (recruiting process)," Johnson said. "I'm just trying to get my grades up by the end of this semester so I can enroll at UK in January. I had a 3.0 last semester and I passed my summer school class, so right now that's my biggest concern. I'd like to get back to Kentucky, as soon as possible and be closer to my family."

The Wildcats are the only school that is really working on getting him enrolled in the spring. Michigan State had at one time talked about possibly offering, but they haven't said much since.

"Kentucky's really the only school I am talking too, right now. They keep telling me to just keep my grades up and too work hard and the rest would fall into place."

Nathaniel reports that he is now up to 220 pounds, after a summer of working hard and training for the upcoming season. He recently benched 225, 20 times - after only maxing out at 250 in the spring - a significant improvement. He reports a consistent 4.5 forty-yard dash time.

"I think the coaches at UK, would like me on the defensive side of the ball," Johnson said, "probably at safety, but I'd like to try playing outside linebacker."

Nathaniel is looking towards the 2005 season as an opportunity to shake some dust off from the long lay-off.

"We got excellent players offensively and defensively. I think we're gonna be a challenge for anybody to play. We've got a lot of good players, everywhere."

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