Scout Ranking: 3-star and No. 16 TE
Measurables: 6-foot-3 and 235 pounds with 4.8 speed
2011 Stats: Johnson finished his junior season with 48 catches for 653 yards and four touchdowns while playing wide receiver. He also added 31 tackles on defense (safety) with seven interceptions.
What they're saying: Johnson is tough to cover in this type of setting. He wants to play receiver, but is more of a tight end/H-back. He has sure hands, he just gets open, and he quickly became a go-to guy for the quarterbacks at The Opening. He is not flashy and nothing may blow you away, but he is as consistent as they come. -- Chad Simmons/Scout.com
Recruiting Status: Johnson landed an offer from Miami in June and committed right away upon getting it. He claimed over 35 offers at the time of his commitment.
What he's saying about Miami: "Miami is so talented and they are recruited so well. They are hard workers who are dedicated to one common goal and that's to get better each day. The guys from Miami in the NFL is endless. The list goes on and on. That shows you that hard work gets to that level. I want to be another [NFL] player and follow those footsteps."
Miami angle: Miami hasn't signed a pass-catching tight end in its last three recruiting classes so getting a couple in this year's class was always going to be a major priority. They got off to a great start by getting 4-star Standish Dobard from Louisiana and then added to it when they landed Johnson, whose offer sheet would make him the state's second most heavily recruited tight end (behind Mike Heuerman). Johnson doesn't have great size or speed or athleticism but he flat out gets the job done, has tremendous natural receiving skills, and has been outstanding over the last few months. He will likely be able to play right away at Miami and should be able to do a lot of different things in their offense. He grew up dreaming about playing for Miami one day so no other offers will matter down the stretch. He's going to be a Cane.