Johnson has Big-3 on top

Walk quietly and carry a big stick… it could be the motto for 4-star safety Jaquan Johnson of Miami (Fla.) Killian. The 5-foot-11, 184 pound human missile has been an all-star on the field for a few years now, catching scouts’ attention late in his freshman year of high school. As time runs down on his last season at Killian, Johnson has seven schools in mind to move on to.

He had a terrific week in Oregon at The Opening , where 150 of Jaquan Johnson’s peers matched up with him. The sleek head hunter says he has been working hard on his game and made significant improvements in a couple of areas.

“I have a better back pedal and opening up my hips,” Johnson said Saturday.

College coaches like his game and just the professional manner he carries himself. His immense tool set makes him a legitimate candidate to win many post season honors in 2014.

“I just prepare to play a physical game and every play sideline to sideline moving fast,” he said. “(College coaches) tell me to play disciplined football, but do me. I take calculated guesses to make plays for my team.”

As widely recruited as any defensive back in America, Johnson actually has a top seven schools and can list them in order of preference right now. Florida State, Miami, Florida, Alabama, LSU, Louisville, and South Carolina is the order and we asked him to say briefly what came to mind for each school.

FSU: “Home away from home. A team that is rising to the top.”

Miami: “Home. A team that has doubters and is willing to take the challenge to prove those doubters wrong.”

Florida: “They are an upset team, working to redeem themselves. They have a coach like a father figure in Coach T-Rob (Travaris Robinson).”

Alabama: “Down year… they never lose. Statement year for them. Crowded roster where you come in, learn, and compete.”

LSU: “DB Nation. Next level coaching.”

Louisville: “New conference. New coaches. Waiting to see what happens.”

South Carolina: “I just have a good relationship with Coach Grady Brown.”

With no timeline for a decision, Johnson will get the full court press from the seven schools above and more. Scout.com will be right there along the way to check his every move.


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