Smashmouth Safety Ready for Battle

Dontae Johnson is no stranger to contact. The 6'3 185 pound gladiator out of Pennington Prep (NJ) is a powerful, well put-together safety prospect. There might not be a safety better at run support in the state of New Jersey. With his tremendous size, speed, and determination, Dontae is more than ready for the upcoming football season. He enjoys competition and can't wait to get started.

" I am aggressive and am best when playing close to the line. Though I can play the pass, I am more of a run support, hard hitting safety", said Johnson. His playing style might remind some of an impact-making safety out of New Rochelle named Courtney Greene. We all know how productive he was over his four seasons at Rutgers. Dontae has many of those same attributes.

Johnson was named team captain, the Defensive Back MVP at the National Underclassman Combine as well as 1st Team All- Prep. Based on his performance in 2008, he has seen a significant improvement in his recruitment. "I am receiving interest from Rutgers, Boston College, Maryland, Pitt, Michigan St., Georgia, Duke, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Oregon, North Carolina and NC St. I have interest in all of those schools but my current 2 favorites are Michigan St. and Maryland. The thing that separates the two leaders from the others is the recruiting coaches", said Johnson. Sounds like teams might want to sic their best recruiters on this terrific young athlete.

Johnson has actual offers from UCONN, Maryland, Michigan St. and NC St. The 3 key factors in his school selection are coaching staff, campus environment and education. His goals for the upcoming season are to improve and pull his team above the .500 mark. In order to do so, Dontae is currently working out with a speed trainer and lifting weights. He has a 215 pound max on the bench press and a runs a 4.5 forty. Dontae is also currently a key player on his high school basketball team, in which he leads in rebounds per game.

Johnson plans to attend the Nike Camp in May. We will keep you posted.

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