ShowMeMizzou.com has confirmed that Missouri has received a verbal commitment from 2015 athlete-specialist Johnathon Johnson 5’9” 175 Memphis (TN) Melrose. ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with Johnson, and his high school coach, Eddie Woods. Coach Woods supplied some of the background on Johnson’s recruitment by Missouri prior to receiving a call from Missouri assistant coach Cornell Ford on Saturday night.
“There’s always been a strong (reciprocal) interest between Johnathon and Missouri,” said Coach Woods. “He had taken an unofficial visit to Missouri, and he loved it…………………………………… He told me that Missouri was one of his top schools. I thought Missouri was a good fit for his skill set, with their wide-open offense.”
Coach Woods said that Missouri had already scheduled Johnson for an official visit for January 30th. Then, he talked about the phone call he received from Coach Ford on Saturday night.
“Coach Ford called me to let me know that they were ready for Johnson to commit,” explained Coach Woods. “He wanted to let me know that if Johnathon still wanted to commit to Missouri, Missouri was ready to accept his commitment.”
Coach Woods contacted Johnson to relay the news, and Johnson committed to Missouri. Coach Woods talked about the athlete-specialist that Missouri is getting.
“His skill set is limitless,” said Coach Woods, speaking of Johnson. “He plays big. He’s very, very tough! He’s super-fast! He’ll work his tail off. He can play corner. He can play slot receiver. He’s going to be a hell of a return guy. He’ll be one of the best return guys.”
Coach Woods verified Johnson’s testing numbers, which include a 4.38-second 40-yard dash time, to go along with a 37” standing vertical jump. He said that he thinks Johnson will play at “about 190 pounds” in college. He also said that Johnson ran the 100 meters for the Melrose track team, and that his best 100-meter time was 10.6 seconds.
“I’m just excited for Johnathon that he’s where he wants to be,” said Coach Woods. “He’s very, very humble. He’s an extremely hard worker.”
Johnson told ShowMeMizzou.com that Missouri is recruiting him as an athlete-specialist. He said that he felt like he was at home when he visited Missouri last summer.
“I just liked Missouri,” said Johnson. “I’m looking forward to playing football at Missouri.”