RB Andrew Johnson shines at Penn State Nike Camp

Judging by the impressive display Andrew Johnson put on at the Penn State Nike Camp on Sunday, North Hills fans will have plenty to cheer about this upcoming football season.

Andrew Johnson, looking very fit and muscular at 6-0, 205 lbs., turned many heads Sunday. With his sure hands and blazing speed, he looks to be a threat whether carrying the ball or coming out of the backfield for a pass. Johnson clocked a 4.22 40-yard dash and an excellent 4.1 shuttle. At the bench press he did 15 reps at 185 lbs.

A fluid, easy stride that can turn into a sudden burst of acceleration sets him apart from other athletes. He suffered through injuries most of last season but expect to see Johnson show what he can really do this season.

Andrew is a transfer from Central Catholic and is set to play his senior season at North Hills High School. He seems to be fitting in well at North Hills. When asked about new head coach Jack McCurry he said, "I Like coach Curry, he's my type of coach. I'm really looking forward to playing for him."

He has a big race coming up this week against his top competitor, Brad Mueller of Mars High School. Mueller, another dual sport star, is headed to Boston College on a football scholarship. Johnson has run a personal best this season of 10.61 in the 100 meters and is up for the challenge. When asked about his big race he said, "I think he runs a little tight. I think I have a better start than he does too."

Andrew is a well spoken and good natured kid. He is always smiling and you can tell he enjoys competition. He and Reading High School star linebacker James Bryant are good friends and went to the Miami Camp last year. Johnson was named the running back MVP and Bryant was named the linebacker MVP. During every agility drill at the Nike Camp, they lined up next to each other and had an intense competition. They both are extremely quick and have that explosive burst that you just cant teach.

What schools are in the lead for Andrew Johnson's services? "I like Pitt, UCLA, Michigan, Miami, and Virginia Tech right now."

The lucky school that ends up signing Johnson will have landed an exciting athlete who has the speed and athletic ability to take the ball to the house on any given play.

Brian Gold
PittInsiders.com


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