Mike's Analysis: New safety commit

The Hurricanes landed a commitment last night from one of the state's premier safety prospects. Read on for analysis of this from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

Jaquan Johnson committed to Miami last night.

What to Like: Johnson does a little bit of everything for his Miami Killian High team. He plays some running back, some cornerback, some safety, and some on special teams. He brings a tremendous amount of versatility to the table and is what many would call an old school football player. He knows the game. He has good instincts. He projects best as a safety, where he has good football IQ and plays a very physical game from that spot. He's an excellent athlete who has the ability to change directions and accelerate extremely well. He's also a very good jumper, and will be able to control the middle of the field. He appears to be more of a strong safety right now, someone who can drop down into the box and make an impact near the line of scrimmage. Miami's known about Johnson for a few years now, and has been actively recruiting him ever since. He's a kid they've wanted from day one.

What may concern you: At 5-foot-10 and 185 pounds, he lacks ideal size for a major college safety prospect. And while he's very athlete and can move around really well in the backfield, he lacks ideal straight ahead speed (he's always been timed in the 4.7 range in the 40). He's not someone who is going to blow you away with his size/speed combination, even though his football instincts and IQ clearly make up for it.

Bottom Line: Johnson had scholarship offers from schools like Florida State, Florida, and Alabama, and so he was being recruited like a solid four-star prospect. He becomes Miami's first defensive back commitment at a safety spot where the Canes will need to sign a couple difference makers due to the lack of depth. Johnson grew up a Miami fan and saw several schools before making this commitment so it's very unlikely that he'll flip it later on this recruiting season. He's an impact type player. His size/speed combination, and his football IQ and instincts, are similar to those of Dallas Crawford. He brings more athleticism to the table, however, and should be able to see the field right away for the Hurricanes in 2015.


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