Combines Put Johnson On The Map

Davon Johnson was surprised when his mailbox started overflowing with letters from colleges. The receiver said he was very shocked when hometown Miami offered him a scholarship. From a seldom-used sophomore to a big-time recruit, it was a couple good combines and 40-yard dash times that have put Johnson on the map quicker than he impacted his own school on Fridays.

Somebody at Notre Dame saw or heard about Davon Johnson's electric speed, and the Irish have been sending as many letters as any other school in the country.

"Most people say it's because of my speed, because I ran a 4.2 40-yard dash at the Rutgers camp," Johnson explained. Out of Booker T. Washington High, Johnson also said he has offers from Rutgers and Florida International. "I'm explosive when I get the ball in my hands."

Johnson just hasn't had the ball in his hands much in his prep career. Playing behind several upperclassmen as a sophomore, Johnson caught just six passes for 158 yards (26.3 avg.) and two touchdowns. In the school's spread offense this past season, he had 22 catches for 422 yards (19.18 avg.) and four touchdowns. He showed his big-play ability on a kickoff return that went for over 90 yards and another score.

The explosiveness Johnson spoke of was on display in the state 4-A semifinals. In helping Washington advance to this round for the fourth consecutive year, Johnson impressed the crowd of over 7,000 people with a 30-yard touchdown reception, and a 51-yard catch in the 20-15 loss to Miami signee Robert Marve's Tampa Bay Plant team.

Johnson is poised for a special senior season this coming fall.

"I'm like Ted Ginn Jr., because both of us are fast, and I can separate from the DBs," Johnson stated.

Johnson ran a 4.46 40-yard dash at the All-American Combine held at Florida Atlantic last summer. Just before that, Johnson finished fifth at the 3-A state meet in the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.28.

Besides the three offers and Notre Dame, Johnson is getting a lot of attention from Florida, Miami, Ohio State and Ole Miss. He hopes to have a top five put together by the end of spring.

Johnson and his 2.7 GPA hasn't seen too many campuses. The only out-of-state school has been Rutgers, and he has obviously been by Miami.

"I'd love to come visit Notre Dame, see something I've never seen before," he said. "I'd like to visit Ohio State and a school on the west coast, see what it's like out there."

Johnson also said he is friends with Notre Dame signee and Miami product Armando Allen.

"If Armando can go up from Florida to Notre Dame and have a good year, it'll make me think I can do that," Johnson said. "I want to show people that Florida kids can do it anywhere.

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