Player Spotlight: Jarison Johnson

Q & A with RB Jarison Johnson from Red Mountain HS (Mesa, AZ). What were your stats/honors from last season?
Jarison Johnson: "First team all region, first team all Tribune and honorable mention all state."

What is your official height and weight?
"5'9 165."
What is your greatest football memory?
"Probably running a 96 yard touchdown back in the playoffs in Pop Warner to win the game."

What are your goals for the upcoming season?
"2000 yards and 29 TDs."

How are you preparing for the upcoming season? Will you attend any camps this summer? 
"I am going to a combine at the end of April, then one for CSA in July, an all day ASU camp and a three day Colorado St. camp."

What aspect of your game have you really worked hard to improve? What area would you like to keep improving on? 
"I have worked on my feet and quickness. I want to keep improving on that same aspect too."

Who are some of your teammates that people need to watch out for?
"Kolten Molina, Sean Parsons and Taylor Perkins."

Name one teammate you really respect and why? 
"A teammate I really respect is Kolten Molina because he is always working hard with me."

What are your goals regarding playing football in college?
"My goals are to be one of the top backs in my region/conference and a Heisman candidate."

Who is currently recruiting you? Do you have any offers yet? 
"I have just been getting a lot of letters basically from the Northwest and East region, central region. and the Eastern region but no offers yet."

Would you consider staying in state to play in college?
"Yes I would consider it."

What would your top 5 college choices be?
"UCLA, Texas, Florida St., Oregon and ASU."

Name one opponent who you really respect and why?
"I respect everyone who goes out and puts in the time and effort."

What other sports do you play?
"I play basketball and track."

What are your best max lifts in the bench, squat, power clean and 40 yard dash?
"Bench-385, squat-405, power clean-255 and my forty is a 4.43."

How do you think your coach would describe you as a player?
"As a well-rounded hard working player and a leader."

What are your strengths and weaknesses as a player?
"My strengths are being able to help out a team with my strength, speed and quickness. My weakness is probably my size but that will come."

Who is your favorite athlete and why?
"Ladainian Tomlinson because he is the best running back in the NFL and someday that's were I want to be."

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
"Put God first."

Tell us what can we expect from your team this season?
"You can expect us to not drop out of the playoffs and be a hard hitting, quick team who will be in state."

What can a college program expect from you as a player?
"I am a student athlete. I do awesome on the field and work hard in school."

What is your GPA and SAT/ACT score?
"My GPA is 3.6 and I got a 1222 on my SATs."

What will the main factors be when you choose a school?
"Probably. playing time and a good program."

Here are clips of Johnson in action: would like to thank Jarison for his time and wish him luck during the upcoming season. Anyone wishing to conact him or recommend a player for an interview may email

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