For Hargrave's William Johnson, recruiting is what else do I have to do to get a look? William showed up at Hargrave a couple of weeks after practice started and before the first game earned the starting position at outside linebacker on a team with 20 Division I commits. William showed the ability to make plays and make the big hit. On the season William finished with 60+ tackles (a high of 10 against Va. Tech), 5 sacks, 1 interception, 4 forced fumbles and 3 fumble recovers. Good numbers by anyone's standards. But at the present time only Kent University has offered and there has been some interest from N.C. State. That begs the question, why is there not more interest in William?
Is it his size, 6-1 and 197lbs, speed - 4.3, strength - bench press 225lbs x16 and squat 465lbs? I talked with William to find out where he would like to go to school and to find out what he felt were his strengths and weaknesses. "I feel like I am a game changer. By making the big hit, never giving up on the play and the ability to make plays all over the field", said William.
William also said his strengths were his closing speed and his hitting ability. As far as weaknesses go, "I need to work on my vertical jump and my back pedaling because I want to play DB in college."
William's father, Fredrick Johnson was the South Carolina Back of the year in 1979 and MVP in the Shrine Bowl in 1979, which is why Clemson and South Carolina are high on his list. Hargrave Head Coach Robert Prunty said, "William has the ability to play for anyone in the country and who ever signs him will get one heck of a football player."
As signing day approaches it is wait and see for players like William.