Johnson Talks about his UK Pledge

It seems to be a recurring situation. The Wildcats need help on the defensive side of the football. One player who should boost the defense is Jabari Johnson.

It seems to be a recurring situation. The Wildcats need help on the defensive side of the football. One player who should boost the defense is Jabari Johnson.

Johnson has great size and speed (6-foot-3, 230-pounds, 4.6 forty) for a linebacker, but that doesn't end the list of his assets on the field. "I'm a very physical linebacker," said Johnson. "I"m very good at stopping the run. I'm relentless. I'm not afraid to get physical and tackle. I feel comfortable with my tackling and I believe I'm the best tackler on my team," Johnson finished.

Johnson's physical stature and nature didn't go unnoticed. He had offers from Kentucky, Louisville, Mississippi State, East Carolina and West Carolina before settling on Kentucky. "Before I picked Kentucky, most of my interest was in Louisville," said Johnson.

"One thing (that made me choose Kentucky) was that it's in the SEC," said Johnson. "I talked to Coach (Randy) Sanders and he said he wanted to watch me and evaluate me," said Johnson. "He watched the MLK game (on ESPNU) and after that there was an offer on the table. We bonded real well. I talked to coach (Joker) Phillips too," said

Jabari's visit to Lexington this weekend did nothing to dampen his enthusiasm for the Wildcats. "The fans were incredible," said Johnson. "The coaches are well-rounded and easy going. I like how they took me into the locker room and they showed me what they do during pre-game," said Johnson.

Johnson also talked with his position coach, Chuck Smith. "Coach Smith told me he was looking forward to coaching me. It was a great feeling," said Johnson.

There have been questions about whether Johnson was best suited for linebacker or defensive end. Coach Corey Johnson, an assistant at Stephenson told KSR that Jabari was being recruited by several programs at defensive end as well as linebacker. Jabari addressed that as well.

"I mainly prefer linebacker. I've never played defensive end. People say that because of my height and how I may grow, I could be an end. But I'm comfortable at linebacker," said Johnson.

Stephenson High is back in action this Friday in the 5A playoffs against Bradwell High.


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