Johnson's Stock Continues to Rise

Every spring, the scouting combine circuit seems to consistently introduce countless sleepers to the spotlight of national recruiting. The latest being Josh Johnson, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound wide receiver from Newland (N.C.) Avery.

Johnson put up solid combine numbers – 4.38-second 40-yard dash at the Shrine Bowl Combine, 4.23-second shuttle at Nike, and 33.5-inch vertical the All-American, but it was his dominance of cornerbacks during one-on-one passing drills that has college coaching staffs on the verge of offering.

"It's going good," said Johnson. "A coach from Vanderbilt has called, a coach from N.C. State has come and visited my school and I talked to him on the phone, same with [North] Carolina, and I talked to Coach Dan Brooks from Tennessee."

Gaining the attention of college coaching staffs wasn't the only goal of Johnson's during one-on-one passing drills.

"I just like being able to humiliate the DB," said Johnson. "But really, at all the combines I had a lot of help by teaming up with Garrett Sutphen [friend and future teammate] during the drills."

Despite lacking any written offers, Johnson has already established a few favorites.

"To be honest with you I like Tennessee and I like N.C. State," said Johnson. "Those are my first two, I haven't decided from there.

"It's my dream to go and play at Tennessee. It's big, it's far enough away from home, but it's still close enough for my family and friends to come and watch.

"I like State's program, I like Coach [Chuck] Amato, they pass the ball and they just have a good program."

In an effort to secure offers, Johnson figures to have a summer camping slate as hectic as his combine schedule. He will camp at Tennessee (June 18th), N.C. State (June 12th), North Carolina (July 15th), and Vanderbilt (July 5th).

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