Johnson Flying Under the Radar, For Now

2011 prospect Kelby Johnson has a rare combination of size and speed, yet so far he has slipped under the radar throughout the recruiting process.

It's not often that you find a high school football player at 6'8”, 265 pounds who can also run a 5.1 40-yard dash. It's even more rare that such a player would be considered a sleeper in recruiting.

Kelby Johnson, a junior offensive tackle prospect from DeMatha (MD) High School, has been quietly tearing it up for the Stags.

At 6'8”, Johnson is already the height of many NFL linemen, and his physique is similar to that of current Maryland giant Bruce Campbell, who was listed at 6'7” and 275 pounds as a high school senior. Johnson acknowledged that his height helps him on the line.

“I think having quick feet,” he said. “And length help you stay in front of your man, and it's easier to get your hands on the defender [when you're tall].”

Johnson is not holding any scholarship offers yet, but has been receiving letters of interest from schools such as Ohio State, Rutgers, Maryland and Pitt. The junior also says that once he sends out his highlight tape in a few weeks, he expects to get more attention from schools around the country.

Johnson listed his three most important traits in a school as tradition, the quality of the program, and having a “family atmosphere.” In terms of the Terps, he talked to the coaches over the summer and attended a one-day camp hosted by Maryland. He said that the Terps are a good option for him and he is not discouraged by their lack of success this season.

“I like that [Maryland's] close to home,” he said. “[I like] the weight program they have and the coaching staff. Also there are a lot of DeMatha alumni there. No [I'm not worried], I know that this is an off year for them because of injuries and that they are trying to get back to the top of the ACC.”

Johnson lists his top five, in no particular order, as Maryland, Pitt, Ohio State, Rutgers, and Texas.

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