Texas power lifter waiting for offers

Solid high school lineman are at a premium and schools are looking everywhere for them. Most of the so-called big time prospects all have offers. There are, however, some prospects who are just under the radar for one reason or the other. Grades, test scores, lack of a highlight tape, or perhaps teams want to see a kid in person or in camp.

OL Quinton Johnson (6-3, 310, 5.3) of Memorial High School in Port Arthur is waiting to take the SATs. And once he gets a passing score he feels the offers will come. Johnson will definitely be in the spotlight due to the fact that one of the best running backs in Texas and in the country lines up behind him, Jamal Charles.

"Schools will be at our games to see Jamal. That will be my chance to get them to notice me," said Johnson.

Quinton attended the Nike Combine at LSU, where he ran a 5.4 forty and benched 27 reps. He felt he did best during the 1 on 1 drills against live competition. Five schools have been sending Johnson the most mail including Houston, Pittsburgh, Iowa, Miami, and LSU. He is favoring LSU, Miami, Pittsburgh, Texas A&M, and Houston.

In 2003, Johnson was named 1st team All-District 22-5A. He is a member of the schools power-lifting team and the track squad. In track, Quinton throws the shot put and the discus. His best throw in the shot put is 49' and 130' in the discus.

What would you say are your strengths?

"My power and my agility."

How about your weaknesses?

"I'd like to pick up some speed and lose a little weight."

What are your goals in 2004?

"I want to make the US Army All-American game in San Antonio"

The Titans advanced to the 3rd round of the Texas state playoffs last season and finished with a record of 9-4. Quinton has a 3.4 GPA; bench presses 400 lbs. and squats 480 lbs.

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