CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Ryan Johnson is a “tweener” that could play anywhere for linebacker to defensive tackle.
The Scout four-star prospect’s versatility has him circled on the recruiting boards all across the South.
Press play on the highlights and Johnson can be seen making defenders miss at tight end as well as attacking ball carriers with ferocity. It’s that level of athleticism that has him rated as the No. 1 defensive end in the Yellowhammer State’s 2017 class.
The Tennessee staff recognizes Johnson’s upside and has the 6-foot-4, 255-pounder knowing his worth.
“They want me bad,” Johnson said of the Vols. “They’ve been relaying that message over ever since I went up there and visited for the junior day. They show a lot of love; they talk to me a lot. I talk to the coaches about every day. So they definitely are showing they really want me.”
The Vols are “up there definitely” among Johnson’s top schools, along with Alabama, Auburn, Notre Dame, Stanford and USC.
A declaration figures to come after his senior season at St. Paul’s Episcopal (Ala.) School.
Learn more about Johnson and his interest in the Big Orange by watching the exclusive interview above.