Checkout the signing day capsule of Michigan 2016 DE commit Ron Johnson Jr.

Checkout the signing day capsule of Michigan 2016 DE commit Ron Johnson Jr.


New Jersey’s No. 1 DE, Ron Johnson Jr. had been a frequent visitor to Michigan in his recruiting process. He told TMI that he wanted to commit during his visit in March, and was trying to delay his final decision till late July. However, during a recruiting trip in June he couldn’t resist the charm of U-M and coach Jim Harbaugh, and made the decision to commit on the spot after talking to his dad on the phone.


“Johnson has an excellent motor and also plenty of athleticism. He gets up the field in a hurry, but also uses technique, including a nice swim move. He stays low at the snap and can dip his shoulder to get around the edge, and also can chase a play down from behind. He needs to work a bit on his change of direction, which is good for a kid his size. His speed off the edge is why colleges like him a lot.” – National Analyst Brian Dohn


"The coaches were real cool," Johnson told The Michigan Insider’s Sam Webb in April. "It pretty much shocked me because I didn't think it would be like that. I thought it would be pretty much uptight, but they're real cool. They're down-to-earth, cool to chat with."


At 6-foot-3, 235-pounds, Johnson Jr. possesses the speed of the edge that Harbaugh and his defensive staff covet. He will need to add more weight and strength to his frame, but a year in the weight program could do him good. His speed alone might get him on the field early as freshman, but how well he can adjust to the college game early on will dictate his playing time in 2016.

The Michigan Insider Top Stories