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Johnie Kirton is enjoying his final days of being a high school senior at Jackson High School in Mill Creek, Washington. It won't be long now until Kirton makes Montlake his new digs and begins taking handoffs from Casey Paus, Isaiah Stanback, and Carl Bonnell.

Kirton's school had an excellent track season, and Johnie performed well in both the throwing and sprinting events. "I've been in track this spring, and I've been breaking records. I broke the shot put record with a throw of 52 feet and 5 inches. And my 4-X-100 team went to districts. Our track season was pretty successful this year," said the 6-3 250-pound running back.

Kirton's Best time in the 100 was an 11.9 this year. It's a scary thought to watch a 250-pound monster fly down the track at that speed. Washington football coaches can't wait to see what he'll bring to their squad.

"School is pretty much done for me now. I'm still enjoying it, so I'm not taking advantage of the skipping that goes on with seniors. I enjoy the people I see at school," said Kirton.

He's in very good shape as summer begins. "I've been running a lot to stay in shape. I'll be playing a lot of football this summer. A family reunion and football, that's going to pretty much be my summer. I haven't been up to much, just going to movies and getting older."

Kirton heard about his potential teammate Matt Tuiasosopo getting drafted by the Seattle Mariners. "I'm happy for Matt. I'm sad that I won't get to play with him but I wish him the best of luck."

Kirton's chief goal heading into his first season of college ball is a simple one, but illustrates just what may make his class a special one.

"I am going to work hard to not have to redshirt. But if it is the case that coaches feel I need to do it, I just want to do anything to help my team win."

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