Recruiting Profile: Josh Johnson

Josh Johnson may be the best pure running back in the state, but he is a soft spoken young man that speaks up much louder and much clearer with his performance on Friday nights.

Playing in one of the toughest districts in Class 6A in Oklahomalast season, Johnson carried the ball 248 times for 1,780 yards and 16 touchdowns. As good as he was -- and he was very, very good -- the humble Johnson feels like he didn't do enough and wants to do more for the Wildcats this season.

"I just hope we can do better in the playoff and I hope I can lead them to a state championship," said Johnson softly.

The 5-11, 201 pound Johnson has 4,5 speed and will probably fill out to close to 220 pounds. He is humble when describing his running style which is all encompassing. He can run away from defenders and I have seen him run over his share as well.

"I think it's my moves I make on the field," said Johnson when asked about his strength as a runner. "I'm trying to hit the tacklers harder than they hit me. I feel I'm pretty strong for a back, but I'll be working to get stronger this summer."

Johnson is interested in college football and is getting solid recruiting attention. But some schools may be waiting to see if he can duplicate his efforts from his junior season.

"That's what I want to do, play college football," said Johnson when asked about recruiting. "OSU, OU, Texas Tech and Iowa State, I get a lot of mail everyday," added Johnson on the schools that interest him most.

Johnson reminds me of Thurman Thomas when he came out of high school. Not a bad comparison, huh? The question will be whether he reminds college recruiters of Thomas or any other standout back that will convince them they need him on their campus in the fall of 2006.

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