CB David Johnson 6'0" 190 4.37 Spring (TX).
Despite playing just five games for Coach Sam Parker's squad before suffering a season-ending knee injury, Johnson, a team captain, was named as his team's defensive player of the year, after totaling 60 tackles, 2 interceptions, 4 pass break ups, 2 forced fumbles and 3 tackles for loss, from his cornerback position.
As a junior, Johnson had 20 tackles on defense, while playing primarily as a wide receiver, where he had 15 catches for 400 yards, and 7 TDs.
In the spring of 2010, Johnson was named an indoor All-American in the 60 meter hurdles, and in the pentathlon. Outdoors, at the Nike Track Nationals in Eugene, Oregon, Johnson won a national title in the 110-meter hurdles. He reports a 37" vertical jump, a maximum bench press of 245 pounds, and personal best in the 110-meter hurdles of 13.83 seconds.
Johnson and his parents, David and Bridgette Johnson, chose Missouri over Texas A&M, Nevada, Baylor, Houston and Texas-El Paso, among others.
"I'm looking forward to being a Missouri Tiger!" exclaimed David Johnson, shortly after he committed to Missouri. "They made me feel welcome, and I like how they emphasize family."
Johnson is a very good student, who enjoys traveling, shopping, playing video games with friends, playing basketball, and running. He plans to arrive at Missouri in June, and wants to study marketing in Missouri's School of Business.
"Johnson was a guy that we had on the board, and that we had talked about," explained Coach Yost, speaking of David Johnson. "He was a guy that we were very, very interested in. He has tremendous real speed, and has good size."
"Johnson had been playing wide receiver, where he was okay," said Coach Brian Jones, who was the primary recruiter on David Johnson. "But then, he moved to cornerback, where he excelled."
JP's Take –Besides being an elite caliber athlete, David Johnson is a very good football player. Despite not playing a lot of football overall, and just switching to cornerback last summer, he has great natural instincts as a cornerback where he uses his blazing speed both in pass coverage and in run support. He has natural ball-hawking skills and reads quarterbacks well, and sees plays developing. He is very physical for someone who you might think is a track guy because of his success in that area. He already shows solid tackling skills and likes to hit. He utilizes his speed well,but also shows nice ability to read plays and shed blockers. Very good with the ball in his hands after a turnover. He also has some some kick return ability. He has a high upside and his best football is ahead of him. He could be the sleeper of the class.
Greg's Take - David Johnson is a very good student, and a high-quality character guy, who comes from a good family, and is a national champion hurdler. He's a great athlete! He has excellent size and speed to play cornerback, where he excelled once he was moved to the position heading into his senior year. There has even been some talk that he may even be faster than Wesley Leftwich. He has great closing speed, and has excellent ball skills. He's surprisingly physical, too. I can't wait to get an extended look at this young corner!
David Johnson's Senior Highlights