WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Quickly becoming recognized as one of the most dangerous safeties in the state, Southwest Guilford’s Nolan Johnson went largely unchallenged in a 27-13 win over R.J. Reynolds (N.C.) Friday night at Deaton-Thompson Stadium.
“It’s really frustrating. I just want to make plays for my team,” Johnson said. “I like to make big plays and turn the game around. Hopefully, I’ll get more opportunities during the season.”
Southwest Guilford coach Eric Rainey said a lot of things have to go right for a team to successfully throw Johnson’s way.
“I think people know that he’s a pretty good press corner. First you have to get off the line, then you have to throw the ball over him. You have to get rid of the ball,” Rainey said. “We bring pressure and everybody knows that. If I’m an offense and I don’t get rid of the ball quick and I don’t get off the line, then it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to throw the ball that way.
“That’s what he brings to the table.”
Johnson, a 2018 prospect, holds offers from East Carolina and Maryland, and is getting interest from Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and North Carolina State.
The 6-foot-2, 180 pound safety camped at Wake, Virginia Tech, N.C. State and UNC during the summer.
“I like it, and I like (secondary) coach (Derrick) Jackson a lot,” Johnson said about Wake. “He talks to me a lot.
“I haven’t taken a visit yet, but I have seen the indoor. It’s great.”
Johnson believes a successful 2016 season will lead to a growth in interest.
“Hopefully during the spring I’ll pick up a few offers,” he said.