When a high school freshman receives an offer to play college football it makes two statements. The first being that the athlete receiving the offer is a special talent, one who already excels on the field against more developed, older young men. Secondly, it shows that the coaching staff extending the offer is planning on staying in their current positions for a while.
Such is the case of Louisiana’s Reginald Johnson, a wide receiver from Baton Rouge’s Southern Lab School and member of the class of 2020. Johnson recently picked up his first offer from Oregon State after completing his first year of high school football.
“Oregon State had come by my school and were visiting with my coaches. They had seen my film from last year and told my coach that they wanted to offer me. I got to meet Coach real quick and he told me that they would be in touch,” Johnson told BeaverBlitz about receiving his offer.
Johnson is a 5’11” 170-pound blur on the football field and likes to compare his abilities to a blend of Calvin Johnson and Odell Beckham Jr. He’s been clocked as fast as 4.3 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Last fall he used that elite track speed to help lead his Southern Lab Kittens to a state championship. Just like how he plays, he likes his offense to be quick and up-tempo, similar to what Oregon State did at times.
“I like the spread offense and the faster the tempo, the better. I don’t really like the slow tempo, I like to be attacking. I know that they were starting to do some of that up there.”
There’s a long time to go still in Johnson’s recruitment and more offers are sure to come his way.