This July has been busy for Muskegon CB Ronald Johnson. The 7-7 circuit is in full swing and he also recently returned from the Michigan State summer camp. This week's 7-7s started with a trip to East Grand Rapids on Tuesday where Johnson got to compete against a couple of highly touted players in EGR's QB Demarcus Grady and RB/WR (and Michigan basketball committ) Kelvin Grady.
Johnson made his presence felt in the Big Reds' first scrimmage against Grand Rapids Christian. They tested him on the first play running a fade to his side. Johnson outran the receiver and made an over the shoulder interception. They later switched sides and tried it again, Johnson again stayed right with the receiver and this time, outjumped him for an interception. Later against Christian, he showed outstanding instincts and quickness as he jumped a quick 3-yard slant to make the pass breakup.
Depending on what kind of offenses Muskegon faces this year, Johnson will see time at free safety as well. He looked excellent there as later in a 7-7 against Grandville. He read a crossing route over the middle and took a great angle to close, jump the route and make an interception.
On offense, Johnson saw most of his time at receiver and his speed allowed him to blow past defenders deep all day. Unfortunately, the Muskegon QBs were having trouble getting him the ball. So much so that the coaches have considered playing Ronald at Quarterback this season (he supposedly has a great arm). That being said, Johnson thinks their group of young signal callers will improve. "They have a lot of pressure on them right now," he said, "and the coaches are in their heads, but they're young. They also won't have to throw it a lot because we run the veer."
Johnson missed Thursday's 7-7 session in Hudsonville because of an AAU Basketball committment, but will rejoin his team in Muskegon this Saturday for their last 7-7s before veer camp and regular season practice. His first game back since injury will be August 24 against Grand Rapids Creston at Houseman Field. Go Blue Wolverine will have full coverage of that contest and more on Johnson.
Being the younger brother of a star recruit like Ronald Johnson isn't always easy, but this summer, Corey Johnson has been making a name for himself apart from his highly touted sibling. Corey has been doing very well in camps and in 7-7s. So well, in fact, that he recently earned his first offer. "I got offered by Michigan State last Monday at camp." he said. He also has had contact from Michigan. "I talked to their receivers coach (Erik Campbell)."
At 6-1, he has a good frame and will continue to grow. This will be his first year on varsity, but Johnson has impressed the coaches with his quickness and natural athleticism. There is also a chance that, like Ronald, he'll line up on both sides of the ball. "They might put me on defense," he explained, "but mostly I'll be concentrating on receiver."
OTHER MUSKEGON PROSPECTS
Of all the players on the team, junior DE Rickie Crosby may be the most physically imposing. A chisled 6'2, 230 lb powerlifting champion, Crosby played on the offensive line last year but will be used at both fullback and defensive end this year. He had a nice showing down at the Ohio State NIKE camp which brought him some attention. His recent timing of 4.5 in the forty by coaches has us pegging him as one of the top juniors in the state at this point. Another junior prospect of the Big Reds is OT Carlin Landingham. The 6'4, 275 lb Landingham was also a powerlifting champion in his weight class and like Crosby, also had a nice showing at the NIKE camp in Columbus.
Taking part in Thursday's Hudsonville Session was Holland Christian which boasts two Division 1 prospects this season. Although neither are likely Michigan offers, QB Kirk Cousins and TE Josh Rooks performed very well today. Cousins in particular showed an excellent arm and was very accurate today. He'll be a steal for someone and adds to what is an already impressive group of in-state QBs this year. Rooks is a big kid and could get a late UM offer if they feel he can play on the offensive or defensive line. Most schools are recruiting him as a TE, but with two in the fold already, UM is likely done with that position.