Jimorris Johnson claims a leader

Jimorris Johnson of Western High School has over 700 yards receiving, as well as 10 interceptions, this season and this past weekend he helped lead his team to the next round of the 2A state playoffs. On Sunday he spoke to Inside The Ville about his senior season and updated us on his recruiting process.

While he plays for a team that ranks third in the Bluegrass State in rushing offense, averaging over 322-yards per game, Western High School's Jimorris Johnson continues to post impressive numbers from his receiver position.

This past weekend, the 6-foot-5, 200-pound Johnson had possibly his biggest outing of the season, helping to lead the 9-2 Warriors to an impressive 63-35 win over Casey County in the first round of the Class 2A state playoffs.

"I had 5 catches for 105 yards and 2 touchdowns," Johnson said. "I have something like 700 yards and 8 or 9 touchdowns this year."

However, it's not all just catching passes for the All-State performer. Lining up at a couple of positions in the defensive secondary, Johnson has given opposing quarterbacks headaches all year.

"I play both corner and safety," he said. "I have 10 picks this year."

The tall prospect says that playing on both sides of the ball has helped him learn each position better and gives him an advantage over opposing players.

"I have played both positions so much that I know what the receivers and quarterbacks are going to do," he explained. "It also helps me as a receiver because I understand the defenses."

It's that athletic ability that has numerous college coaches throughout the region interested in Johnson.

While Johnson believes Eastern Kentucky has extended a scholarship offer and that one from Western Kentucky will likely come soon, he is also receiving quite a bit of interest from a number of Division I-A programs as well.

"There are a bunch of different school's that call every week," he said, adding that a few schools currently top his list. "Right now I like Kentucky, Louisville, Indiana, Tennessee and Auburn."

Johnson made an unofficial visit to Louisville for the Cardinals home win over Oregon State and has made multiple trips to Lexington for unofficial visits with Kentucky.

"I've been about all of Kentucky's home games," he said. "I hope to go down to Tennessee soon."

The trips east has aided the Wildcats in their recruiting efforts with Johnson.

"Right now I'd say Kentucky is my favorite," he explained. "They are the one's showing me the most love right now. Tennessee and Louisville are right behind them though. I just want to go where I feel that I fit in."

Johnson's team will host Wayne County (7-4) on Friday as they attempt to become just one of eight teams still in contention for the Kentucky AA State Championship, which will be held on December 3rd at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

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