University of Louisville Class of 2017 Football Class: Signed WR Josh Johnson

University of Louisville Class of 2017 Football Class: Signed WR Josh Johnson. Cardinal Authority takes a closer look at the Cardinals signee.

BIO: A three-star prospect, Josh Johnson averaged 21.7 yards a catch during his career at Woodward. He finished his senior season with 45 catches for 1,080 yards and 14 touchdowns. Was named first-team All-State by the Georgia Writers Association and also earned several other postseason honors. For his career, Johnson had 131 catches for 2,841 yards and 33 TDs.

LEAD RECRUITER: Lonnie Galloway

RECRUITMENT: Johnson had more than two dozen offers when he committed to Louisville, picking the Cardinals over Boston College, Colorado State, Illinois, Kansas State, Rutgers, Southern Mississippi, Tulane, Utah and Wake Forest.

WHY U OF L: While he had a ton of offers, Louisville was the best option because of the offensive system. He's a slot-type receiver and will get a ton of balls thrown his way when he makes it onto the field.


EVALUATION: When watching him, you see some toughness and grit at the wide receiver position. He may not weigh a lot, but he is solid, and strong. He is more of a slot receiver with quickness and the ability to work underneath. He has very strong hands and he does a great job of reaching out to snatch the ball out of the air. His route running is above average for a high school receiver. He has a good route tree, he really does a good job getting out of his breaks, and he plays like an advanced wideout much of the time. Johnson make not have that wow-factor in his game, but he is very good in all areas. He is consistent, he is productive, he knows who he is as a player, and he is going to get the job done. -

QUOTABLE: "I just loved it up there," Johnson said. "They made me feel right at home and the offense is a perfect fit."

BOTTOM LINE: Johnson is more a slot-type receiver but a hard-nosed kid who is going to make a lot of big plays for the Cardinals.

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