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Penn State Signee Profile: Donovan Johnson

Get the lowdown on the four-star defensive back who signed with the Nittany Lions Wednesday.

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When Johnson arrives at Penn State, he will immediately compete for title of fastest player in the program. He has been timed at below 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash and below four flat in the NFL shuttle. But he is not just a track guy playing football. Starring for one of Detroit's power programs, he showed strong technique and good instincts, often jumping routes just as receivers were making their cuts. Since he is on the smaller side for a college CB, he is going to have to get stronger to be able to jam bigger receivers at the line while in man coverage. Expect Johnson to compete for playing time as a return man, too.  

RECRUITING SUMMARY

Strangely enough, Johnson was not offered by either Michigan or Michigan State. (Think he'll have much of a chip on his shoulder when the Lions play those two schools?) That was great news for Penn State, which under James Franklin has been scratching and clawing to gain a foothold in talent-rich Detroit. The Lions were in on Johnson early and were among his favorite schools throughout the process. He made an official visit to Happy Valley the weekend of Dec. 9 and committed to the Lions a couple of days later. Johnson and fellow Class of 2017 member K.J. Hamler are the first Detroit area prospects to sign with PSU since Allen Robinson in 2011.

PRIMARY RECRUITING CONTACT

Tim Banks

EXPECTED REDSHIRT?

Yes. Fellow Class of 2017 CB Lamont Wade enrolled early, so he's going to have a significant jump at earning playing time as rookie. With the depth the Lions have at CB, there is no sense playing more than one true freshman corner.

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Grant Haley. Both are slightly undersized cornerbacks who can fly.

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When Johnson arrives at Penn State, he will immediately compete for title of fastest player in the program. He has been timed at below 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash and below four flat in the NFL shuttle. But he is not just a track guy playing football. Starring for one of Detroit's power programs, he showed strong technique and good instincts, often jumping routes just as receivers were making their cuts. Since he is on the smaller side for a college CB, he is going to have to get stronger to be able to jam bigger receivers at the line while in man coverage. Expect Johnson to compete for playing time as a return man, too.  

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Strangely enough, Johnson was not offered by either Michigan or Michigan State. (Think he'll have much of a chip on his shoulder when the Lions play those two schools?) That was great news for Penn State, which under James Franklin has been scratching and clawing to gain a foothold in talent-rich Detroit. The Lions were in on Johnson early and were among his favorite schools throughout the process. He made an official visit to Happy Valley the weekend of Dec. 9 and committed to the Lions a couple of days later. Johnson and fellow Class of 2017 member K.J. Hamler are the first Detroit area prospects to sign with PSU since Allen Robinson in 2011.

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Yes. Fellow Class of 2017 CB Lamont Wade enrolled early, so he's going to have a significant jump at earning playing time as rookie. With the depth the Lions have at CB, there is no sense playing more than one true freshman corner.

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When Johnson arrives at Penn State, he will immediately compete for title of fastest player in the program. He has been timed at below 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash and below four flat in the NFL shuttle. But he is not just a track guy playing football. Starring for one of Detroit's power programs, he showed strong technique and good instincts, often jumping routes just as receivers were making their cuts. Since he is on the smaller side for a college CB, he is going to have to get stronger to be able to jam bigger receivers at the line while in man coverage. Expect Johnson to compete for playing time as a return man, too.

RECRUITING SUMMARY

Strangely enough, Johnson was not offered by either Michigan or Michigan State. (Think he'll have much of a chip on his shoulder when the Lions play those two schools?) That was great news for Penn State, which under James Franklin has been scratching and clawing to gain a foothold in talent-rich Detroit. The Lions were in on Johnson early and were among his favorite schools throughout the process. He made an official visit to Happy Valley the weekend of Dec. 9 and committed to the Lions a couple of days later. Johnson and fellow Class of 2017 member K.J. Hamler are the first Detroit area prospects to sign with PSU since Allen Robinson in 2011.

PRIMARY RECRUITING CONTACT

Tim Banks

EXPECTED REDSHIRT?

Yes. Fellow Class of 2017 CB Lamont Wade enrolled early, so he's going to have a significant jump at earning playing time as rookie. With the depth the Lions have at CB, there is no sense playing more than one true freshman corner.

ENROLLMENT

Summer

WILL REMIND YOU OF

Grant Haley. Both are slightly undersized cornerbacks who can fly.

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