Richardson Berkner: Loaded with Talent

Richardson Berkner High School's junior class is loaded from top to bottom. The Rams may have one of the best junior running backs in the state of Texas on their roster. Head Coach Jim Ledford spoke very highly about Josh Johnson and his other prospects from the class of 2008.

The 5-foot-11, 185 pound Josh Johnson is quick as a cat. His performance as a sophomore has sent his stock soaring through the roof. His big brother, Justin Johnson, plays quarterback for the Rams and recently signed with the Baylor Bears.

"He gained 1,498 yards as a sophomore and scored 12 touchdowns," Ledford said. "He is a 4.5 kid. He had 131 yards in our first ball game with 40 yards receiving and one touchdown rushing."

Ledford also talked about Johnson's talent and what he brings to the football field.

"The Johnson kid, I think some people have him ranked as the top junior running back in Texas. He has speed and the power to run over you. Last year, he played at 160 pounds and still ran over people. He has great hip explosion and vision," Ledford said.

Berkner also has another outstanding running back that has transferred from a private school to play for the Rams. The 5-foot-10, 190 pound Clarence Abraham plays slot back in Coach Ledford's offense. Last season, he racked up 1,398 yards and 25 touchdowns.

"Abraham has a little more power," Ledford said. "He is an illusive running back with great power. He hasn't played a game for us yet, but we expect great things from him. He will play his first game this week. We are anxious to see what he can do."

Free Safety Eric Redman also has a ton of potential. The 6-foot-2, 185 pound Redman has great size for a safety and is already getting a ton of mail from Division I schools.

"He is a kid that played cover corner for us last year," Ledford said. "We have moved him to safety and he can really come down and pop you."

Berkner has the prototypical offensive tackle that everyone is looking for. The 6-foot-6, 220 pound Brad Boese is a tenacious blocker and college coaching staffs are already paying him a lot of attention.

"He has the big tall frame that everybody is looking for right now," Ledford said. "He has quick feet. He needs to get a little stronger but that will come later."


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