Michael Johnson is a 6-foot-3, 190-pound safety who is a physical specimen and his tapes show a hard-hitting, tough prospect. Johnson runs a 4.5 40-yard dash and gets to the ball with a lot of force. As a junior, Johnson finished with 99 tackles, seven forced fumbles, six pass break ups and one interception. He also played offense and had 10 catches and five touchdowns on that side of the ball.
It's another huge get from South Florida for Charlie Strong and the Louisville staff. Johnson is considered one of the elite Class of 2014 defensive prospects in the Miami-area. Johnson held early offers from Nebraska, West Virginia and Central Florida and was getting interest from Miami. Johnson also comes from a top program, which sent Chucky Williams to Louisville (signed last month) and Isaac McDonald to West Virginia from the 2013 class. Johnson is close friends with Williams and the commitment is a major get for the Cardinals, who will likely have to hold off Miami until signing day in February.
Hialeah, Fla., Champagnat Catholic coach Mike Tunsil
"Louisville is going to keep getting kids from down here. Kids knew who Louisville was before the (Sugar Bowl), but then they go and beat Florida and a lot of kids took notice. They've been in with and gotten a lot of good kids before. Now, if you are a top five player in South Florida you have Louisville on the list."
Scout.com analyst Geoff Vogt
"He is one of the most physically impressive kids in Dade County. Johnson is very confident and versatile; both traits will help him excel at the next level"
The Cardinals now have two commitments in the class and have sent out dozens of scholarship offers in the past few weeks. There's no way to tell who could be next in the class, but expect to hear the Cardinals staying active in the class and don't think it will be too long before #3 is added to the class. U of L is really going after running backs in recent days, offering as many as six in a week. It will be interesting to see who pops next for the Cardinals.
While the Cardinals will have to fend off Miami and others until signing day, Johnson is a major get at this point for the Cardinals. He's an elite prospect from South Florida and has connections to the U of L program. He's a player and could be an early contributor for the Cardinals. And it's more than on the field for Johnson, who is Vice-President of his school's student council and plans on majoring business when he gets to college. It's an A-plus commitment for Charlie Strong.