As a Player: Johnson was a four-year starter at the high school level. He played key roles in all three phases. As a senior he ran for 150 yards, had 86 yards receiving, and picked off six passes. He was selected to play in the US Army All-American Game and did well. He lacks top notch straight ahead speed but he has tremendous football instincts, ability to change directions, and he's very physical. He makes plays all over the field on a consistent basis.
As a Recruit: At 5-foot-10 and 185 pounds, Johnson quickly became one of the state's most heavily recruited defensive players back in the spring. He had scholarship offers from schools like Miami, Texas, USC, Florida State, Florida, and LSU by the time the summer came. Johnson made an early commitment to the Hurricanes and never looked back. His only visit was to Miami this weekend and he graduated high school in December and is already enrolled at UM for the spring semester.
Bottom Line: Johnson is a pure football player. His size/speed combination won't blow anyone away but he plays bigger and faster than his numbers indicate. He's a tremendous player, a top notch prospect, and will bring a great deal of leadership to the position for the Canes. Miami will have good depth at the safety spot in 2015 but Johnson figures to make an early impact anyway.
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