Football target Robert Johnson having strong year

6-2 quarterback Robert Johnson of Reedley (CA) CC is one of the top junior college signal callers in the country. Johnson led his team to the Nor Cal championship as they finished the 2002 season undefeated with a 12-0 campaign. He threw for 2,700 yards, 24 touchdowns, compared to just 10 interceptions. He ran for 520 yards and had four rushing scores.

Robert Johnson signed with West Virginia after a stellar high school career at Americus (GA) High. He was named Georgia's Mr. Basketball and Mr. Football.

Johnson broke season records for most passing yards (3,287) and most touchdown passes (39) as a high school senior. He led Americus to the state championship (15-0 record) as a senior in 2001.

Reedley is off to a 4-1 mark. Johnson was 23 of 30 for 410 yards with two passing touchdowns and one rushing score in the season opener. Reedley suffered their first loss in two years in game two of the season, 35-10 versus Santa Rosa, as Johnson was slowed by a sprained shoulder, which limited him to only 135 passing yards. The injury forced Johnson to miss their third game against Contra Costa.

Johnson was 15 of 30 for 342 yards and three touchdowns last weekend in a 55-31 win over Sacramento City CC.

Reedley has the week off and Johnson and teammates Marcus Campbell, Sylvester Brinkley and Charlie Glover will visit Texas Tech this weekend.

Johnson admitted to that there was plenty to like about Texas Tech.

"I really like the Texas Tech offense, how they use their quarterbacks and how they spread the ball around to all of their receivers. They told me I would have a chance to compete for the starting QB job if I go to Tech. I really like to compete and I want to play with the best players on the field."

Texas Tech has NCAA record-setting quarterback B.J. Symons, who has thrown for 2,467 yards and 24 touchdowns in his first five games this season. Symons is a senior and backup Sonny Crumbie is a junior. Texas Tech had strong armed Cliff Kingsbury last season, so top quarterback prospects will look favorable on Texas Tech

Johnson's name has been mentioned with the Gophers, since they will lose their top two quarterbacks, Asad Abdul-Khaliq and Benji Kamrath, to graduation. The Gophers have already received commitments from three high school quarterbacks, but some think that Minnesota may elect to get a JC quarterback who is more ready to step in next season.

Johnson has not set any other visits during the season and is also considering Tennessee, Kansas State and Washington. Minnesota is not considered in the forefront in his recruitment.

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