LOI #18: Dontae Johnson

Pennington (NJ) safety Dontae Johnson has signed with NC State!

Dontae Johnson
Scout Rating:
Scout Rank:
No. 66 safety
6-3, 180 pounds
Pennington, NJ
High School:
The Pennington School

Projected position at NCSU: Safety

Accolades: Johnson was named first team all-prep, all-area and all-state as a senior. He was also selected to play in the New Jersey versus Northeast all-star classic.

Stats: Johnson tallied 67 tackles, seven interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) and three sacks on defense. On special teams, he had one kickoff return for 100 yards and one punt return for 45 yards. While on offense, Johnson totaled 65 receptions for 643 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Commit Date: October 4, 2009

Recruiting Scene: With the Pack's need at safety, it didn't take long for Johnson to emerge as a major target for the NC State coaching staff.

Landing Johnson wasn't easy as the Wolfpack found themselves in a tough battle with several formidable schools. Early on, Maryland appeared to be the team to beat although their struggles on the field may have hurt to some degree.

Stanford proved to be the toughest opponent and Johnson was legitimately torn between the Cardinal and NC State. However, location played to the Pack's advantage and State was able to secure his commitment in October.

Why NC State? "For me, it was just that NC State is an up-and-coming program. We have a great recruiting class coming in with myself and others. We've got some great commits coming in. It's a great program that's on the rise and I can't wait to be part of something special."

Picked NC State Over: Connecticut, Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota, Stanford, Virginia

Scouting Report: Johnson is a very good athlete as he was recruited to play both football and basketball and right now, he's a bit raw on the gridiron. A good centerfielder that has the ball skills to make plays and closing speed to cover sideline to sideline. Is also a willing run supporter that will come up and play physical football, but needs to learn to get lower and tackle with much more authority, especially up in the box. - Matt Alkire

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