As one of the state's fastest rising 2013 prospects Jadar Johnson is quickly ascending up the ladder. We loved him when he showed up and showed out at our Badger Sport South Showcase in Bamberg early this past spring. He was one of the best looking athletes in attendance and he's parlaying it to the field for the Bruins of Orangeburg-Wilkinson.
So far this season Johnson has shined playing on both sides of the ball at cornerback and wide receiver for his team. The 6'1 185 pound prospect told us his stats thus far in his junior season.
"Right now I've got 575 receiving yards, 7 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions on defense. I'm unsure about my rushing yards and tackles though."
Johnson has seen some tough competition and he talked about that and what he feels will be his toughest task which is coming up this Friday.
"White Knoll is probably the toughest team we've faced so far but I think Lexington will be my toughest challenge. I think Shaq Roland will be my toughest challenge. We play them this Friday."
Most opponents don't look forward to lining up against Shaq Roland but it's a task that Johnson is looking forward to. With the skills we saw out of him in Bamberg during the combine it's easy to see why he's garnering so much attention. Johnson talked about where his strengths are currently and what area he really wants to strengthen the most heading into next year.
"Right now I'd say my strength, recovery speed, and agility are my biggest strengths on the field. I want to improve on my foot work so I can be even better next year."
Johnson says that most colleges are recruiting him as a cornerback or at wide receiver and the list of schools he's heard from so far is pretty impressive to say the least.
A trio of those schools have been pressing him pretty hard compared to the others he told us.
"South Carolina, Vanderbilt, and Alabama are recruiting me the hardest out of everybody."
In fact, Johnson has already taken a visit to see one SEC school and he plans on seeing another one soon as well.
"I've visited South Carolina. I really enjoyed it. I'm also visiting Vanderbilt on November 12th."
A number of factors will play crucial roles in Johnson's decision making process and he shared them with us.
"A good education, early playing time, facilities, style of play, and the coaching staff will be the most important thing for me in choosing a school."
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INSIDE THE NUMBERS...JADAR JOHNSON
Bench press: 275 pounds
Squat: 385 pounds
Power clean: 255 pounds
Fastest 40: 4.59 seconds
Pro shuttle: 4.38 seconds
Broad jump: 9'2"
A CLOSER LOOK...JADAR JOHNSON
Favorite food: collard greens & rice
Favorite movie: 300
Favorite thing to do when not playing football: hunting
Favorite subject in school: Math & English
Dream school: None
Dream date: Meagan Good
If you could meet any 2 people in the world who would you choose? President Obama & Deion Sanders
- Elite 11 selection (Times & Democrat Region)
- Orangeburg Touchdown Club player of the week
- A-B Honor Roll
- Invitation to the Proving Ground National Combine in Phoenix, AZ